Child Protection Practitioner Communication Survey 2021

Closes 31 May 2021

Opened 1 Apr 2021


Child Protection practice, processes and procedures are always evolving; subject to local and national developments. 

You will likely be aware of some of the areas of work that are in need of being moved forward. Since March 2020 definite decisions have been made about not to progress at this time, due to you dealing with lots of changes and challenges around the continuing Covid-19.

For when the work does resume it is important that we do some background work now - to ensure that communication is effective and transparent to make sure that as practitioners you are aware of, and part of these changes.

Why we are consulting

Why we are consulting?

We are looking at how we can keep you consulted and informed on how work is being progressed. To ensure we have good communications with you we would really appreciate you completing this short survey so that your views and suggestions inform how work is progressed.

What child protection work will be progressed?

The following is a summary providing an overview of the changes:

  • Think Family Approach; embedding our responsibility to identify and report concerns beyond that of the particular individuals we work with - considering the possible impact on other adults or children and young people. 
  • New National Child Protection Guidance; Scottish Government is currently finalising this guidance that the whole of Scotland will then have to implement. Our local child protection procedures and practice will need to be aligned with the new Guidance. This will involve significant changes to practice, systems and culture.
  • Vulnerable Young Person’s protocol; (for people under the age of 21 who are at risk of causing significant harm to themselves or others). This protocol needs to be updated in line with local and national developments such as; the new National Child Protection Guidance, changes to the Children’s Hearing in respect of 16 and 17 years old and Care and Risk Management (CARM) guidance.
  • The Promise; This is the national work of change following the findings of the “Independent Care Review” regarding making improvements for care experienced infants, children, young people, adults and their families. This work involves all kinds of organisations to support shifts in policy, practice and culture. 
  • Joint Investigative Interview Training (JIIT) Project; this is being rolled out nationally to improve the approach and process of joint interviews; a planned and formal interview of a child, to specifically gain their account of events, by a trained Social Worker and Police officer.
  • Public Protection Website; a dedicated public protection website is currently being developed. It will replace the online Borders Child Protection website and will include information on all areas of Public Protection including: the new Child Protection procedures (once implemented), training information and booking, campaigns, newsletters and who to contact.
  • Safe and Together; the development and implementation locally of the principles within the Safe & Together™ Model; designed to support children and family services to improve the response to domestic abuse.

Give Us Your Views


  • All Areas


  • Anyone from any background


  • Children and Young People