The Scottish Government is responsible for child protection and sets out policy, legislation and guidance on how the child protection system should work.
Child Protection Committees (CPCs) are responsible for multi-agency child protection policy, procedure, guidance and practice.
Within each local authority, CPCs work with local agencies, such as children’s social work, health services, education, police, housing and the third sector to protect children.
The national approach to improving outcomes for children and young people is Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) . GIRFEC provides a framework for everyone working with children and their families to provide the right support at the right time and adopt an early help approach to safeguarding children and young people.
The key guidance for anyone working with children in Scotland is the National guidance for child protection in Scotland 2021.