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Outer Hebrides Child Protection

National Documents & Resources

Young people should be carefree not careworn (PDF, 1.6M)
Recent serious events around the world have touched the lives of everyone, including here in the Outer Hebrides. In a time where confusion and uncertainty is commonplace, when everyone, both young and old, may fear for their own and each others safety, it is important that children and young people are given very clear guidance on how to share their feelings and get support as soon as they need it.
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Guidance on Child Sexual Exploitation
Guidance on Child Sexual Exploitation a Practitioners Resource Pack

A Guide to Getting it Right for Every Child
This guide is in 2 main sections. The first section is about the foundations that underpin the Getting it right for every child approach. The second describes how practitioners can use the GIRFEC approach and in particular the National Practice Model to help bring about the changes across culture, systems and practice that will help children and young people achieve their full potential.

Child Protection Scotland
If you have concerns about a child and would like to know who to speak to visit this Scottish Government website.

Getting Our Priorities Right 2013

GIRFEC Wellbeing Definitions and Example Indicators
The attached are suggested for discussion as the type of issues that might be taken into account by practitioners when considering the wellbeing of a child or young person. They are not intended as an exhaustive or prescriptive checklist.

Guidance on Joint Investigative Interviewing of Child Witnesses in Scotland 2011

National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2014 (PDF, 4M)

What to do if you are worried about a child leaflet
Scottish Government leaflet with information on Child Protection issues

What to do if you are worried about a child poster
Scottish Government poster with information on Child Protection issues

Women's Support Project Booklet - Grooming
'Grooming' is the behaviours used by predators to target and prepare Children and Young People for sexual abuse and exploitation. One of the problems for professionals and parents is that the signs that a person is grooming a child may be subtle and difficult to recognise.

Women's Support Project Booklet - Pornification
Pornification, sometimes referred to as pornographication or 'raunch culture' is the increasing distribution and acceptance of pornography as well as the fragmenting and blurring of pornography and pornographic imagery into popular culture.

Women's Support Project Booklet - Sexting
Sexting is sending sexually explicit messages via mobile phone, email, web chat, social networking sites, Bluetooth or instant messenger.

Women's Support Project Booklet - Sexualisation
Teach girls to value themselves for who they are, rather than how they look. Teach boys to value girls as friends, sisters and girlfriends, rather than as sexual objects.

Women's Support Project Booklet - Sexual Exploitation
The sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 is a form of child sexual abuse.