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National Child Protection Leadership Group

Role of the group

The National Child Protection Leadership Group supports, strengthen and improves activity on child protection across Scotland.

The Group will identify where there is potential for collaborative solutions to be developed and promoted nationally, in order to deliver more effective and consistent protection and support for children and families. It will also provide scrutiny and advice to Scottish Government on proposed policy changes.

In its first year, its key tasks will be to:

  • oversee the implementation of the recommendations of the Child Protection Improvement Programme Report
  • review the arrangements for child protection across current planning and service delivery processes

The group reports to and is accountable to Scottish Ministers.


  • Children and Young People Spokesperson, Vice Chair, COSLA
  • Iona Colvin, Chief Social Work Adviser, Scottish Government
  • Judith Ainsley, Head of Child Protection, Scottish Government
  • Susan Hannah, Head of Children and Young people Improvement Collaborative, Scottish Government
  • Claire Burns, Co-Director, CELCIS and Institute for Inspiring Children's Futures
  • Karen Reid, Chief Executive, Care Inspectorate
  • Anne Houston, National Chair, Child Protection Committees Scotland
  • Sally Ann Kelly, Chief Executive, Aberlour, and Chair of Committee on Care and Support for Children and Young People, Coalition of Care and Support Providers Scotland (CCPS)
  • Wendy Mitchell, Head of Nursing, Performance & Strategic Management for Child Protection, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • DCS Lesley Boal, Head of Public Protection, Police Scotland
  • Neil Hunter, Principal Reporter/Chief Executive, SCRA
  • Peter Diamond, Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES)
  • Angela Leitch, Chief Executive, East Lothian Council. Strategic Lead for Children and Education, including Child Protection, SOLACE
  • Alison Gordon, Chief Social Work Officer, North Lanarkshire
  • Kay Tisdall, Professor of Childhood, Edinburgh University