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Child protection systems review

We commissioned an independent system review of the policy, practice, services and structure of our current child protection system as part of the wider Child Protection Improvement Programme (CPIP).

The review was carried out by the Child Protection Systems Review Group chaired by Catherine Dyer, former Crown Agent and Chief Executive of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, with support from the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS).

It focused on three key areas of the formal child protection system:

  1. the role and function of child protection committees

  2. the use of child protection registers and case conferences

  3. initial and significant case reviews

The group met six times between August and December 2016. At each stage of the process, Review Group members consulted via their organisations and networks. More than 40 written consultation responses were analysed as part of the review process.

The report of the Systems Review Group, Protecting Scotland's children and young people: it is still everyone's job, was published in March 2017. We accepted all of the recommendations and will implement them in phase two of the improvement programme.