Useful External Links for Practitioners

Action for Children (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Action for Children supports and speaks out for the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people in the UK.

Barnardos (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Barnardos is a voluntary organisation which supports children and young people's right to be free from poverty, abuse and discrimination.

Being a Witness in Children's Hearings Court Proceedings
Scottish Government Booklet giving advice on being a witness in Children's Hearings Court Proceedings.

Being a Witness in Criminal Court Proceedings (») (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Scottish Government Booklet giving advice on being a witness in Criminal Court Proceedings.

Bullying UK (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Bullying UK can give you lots of useful advice and support if you are being bullied.

Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
CRFR produces, stimulates and disseminates high quality social research and commentary on families and relationships.

Changing Lives
The Changing Lives Team work with a wide range of individuals, organisations and groups with an interest in social work services, including service users, carers, local authorities, voluntary and private organisations, partner organisations including health, education and justice services, universities, colleges and other Scottish Government departments. This site gives access to the majority of documents and publications relating to Changing Lives.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
This organisation is part of the UK Police and is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children.

Child Protection in Sport Unit (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
The Child Protection in Sport Unit works to safeguard children and young people from abuse during sporting activities.

Childline (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Childline is a free and confidential counselling service for children and young people who are experiencing problems. You can contact Childline about anything - no problem is too big or too small.

Childnet (Know It All) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
An extensive range for education resources designed to educate parents, teachers and young people about the safe and positive use of the internet.

Children 1st (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
A voluntary organisation which works with families under stress to protect children and promote their rights.

Children's Charter (») (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
A Scottish Government document which sets out what children and young people need and expect to help protect them when they are in danger of being, or have already been, harmed by another person.

Children's Reporter (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
The Children's Reporter investigates each child referral to decide if compulsory measures of supervision are needed to protect the child.

Children in Scotland (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
National agency for voluntary, statutory and professional organisations and individuals working with children and their families in Scotland.

Citizen's Advice Scotland (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Provides information and advice on your rights and available services.

Click Clever Click Safe (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
The internet is a great way to see more, learn more and have lots of fun. To help you enjoy it safely should follow the 'Click Clever, Click Safe' code. It's just three simple things to remember that can help keep you safe when you visit your favourite websites.

Cool2Talk
A website developed in partnership with Tayside Health Board and Dialogue Youth where young people can chat anonymously and confidentially about health issues affecting them.

COSLA (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities is the representative voice of Scottish local government and also acts as the employer's association on behalf of all Scottish Councils.

Crimestoppers (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
People and communities have the right to live without crime or the fear of crime. Crimestoppers offers an anonymous method of passing information to the police. If you know of any criminal activity, ring 0800 555 111 and pass on the information.

Cyber-mentors
Cyber-mentors is a peer support programme where young people help and support each other online.

Framework for Standards (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Scottish Government Document.

GOV.UK (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
A wealth of information for parents and carers on parenting issues and child care.

Hands On Scotland (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Online resource for people working with troubled children and young people.

Internet Watch Foundation (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
The UK hotline where the public and professionals can report their inadvertent exposure to illegal online content.

Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
To develop a world-class, knowledge-based social services sector which through learning, creativity and partnership will deliver positive outcomes for the people who access Scotland's social services.

Kidscape (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Kidscape works across the UK to keep children safe from bullying and sexual abuse.

Kid-smart
Internet Service Programme website for schools, young people, parents and agencies produced by Child-net International.

NHS 24 (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Up-to-date health information and self care advice for people in Scotland.

NSPCC (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Child Protection resources for anyone working to safeguard children.

Parentline Scotland
Information and advice for parents and carers to help support them to care for their children.

Police Scotland - Keep Secure Online (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) 
The Stay Safe Online campaign is to help children, parents, teachers and carers improve their knowledge and understanding of how to keep children safe while they are online.

Pro-Music (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Pro-music is a coalition of people and organisations working across the music sector. The international alliances of musicians, performers, managers, artists, major and independent record companies and retailers across the music industry have joined forces to promote the myriad of different ways in which people can enjoy music safely and legitimately online.

Respect Me
Scotland's Anti-Bullying Service provides practical advice and guidance for children, young people, parents and practitioners on dealing with bullying.

Safeguarding Children in Scotland who may have been Trafficked (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Scottish Government Guidance developed to support professionals in identifying, assessing and providing appropriate support for children who may have been victims of trafficking.

Safe Kids On-Line (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
On-line safety and civility advice for children and young people.

Safe and Well Handbook (») (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Scottish Government publication for Education & Children's Services staff.

Save the Children (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Save the Children works all over the world including the UK to save children's lives and campaign for their rights.

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People (SCCYP) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Scotland's Commissioner's job is to ensure that all children and young people in Scotland have their rights respected. He's here to promote your rights, help keep you safe and make sure that you have a say about things that affect you.

Scottish Child Internet Safety Action Plan (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Scottish Government publication on how to keep children and young people safe on-line.

Scottish Child Law Centre (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
We help children and young people, their families and carers, and professionals working for and with children by providing free expert legal advice and information through our advice line, email and text services.

Scottish Children's Report Administration (SCRA) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Information on the work of SCRA which focuses on children most at risk.

Scottish Government (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
The devolved government for Scotland is responsible for most of the issues of day-to-day concern to the people of Scotland, including health, education, justice, rural affairs and transport.

Scottish Government New Child Protection Website (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
The Scottish Government has launched a new national website with clear, accessible information on what the public should do if they are concerned for a child's welfare. It also has a range of information for the public and children themselves, with useful links to other websites offering child protection advice.

Scottish Government Revised National Guidance for Child Protection (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
The guidance provides a national framework within which agencies and practitioners at local level - individually and jointly - can understand and agree processes for working together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Scottish Parliament (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Our founding principles are openness, accountability, the sharing of power and equal opportunities.

Scottish Social Services Council (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Responsible for registering people who work in social work in Scotland.

Scottish Women's Aid (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Scottish Women's Aid is the lead organisation in Scotland working towards the prevention of domestic abuse.

Shelter Scotland (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Shelter is a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing.

Social Services Knowledge Scotland
Social Services Knowledge Scotland website is a gateway to high quality information and learning resources.

Social Work Inspection Agency
Independent Government agency formed to improve the quality of social work services across Scotland.

Stop the Traffik - People Shouldn't be Bought and Sold
Stop the Traffik is a growing global movement of individuals, communities and organisations fighting to prevent the sale of people, protect the trafficked and prosecute the traffickers.

Think-u-know (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Practical advice for children, young people and parents when using the internet and mobile phones.

UKCCIS (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
The UK Council for Child Internet Safety brings together organisations from industry, charities, and the public sector to work in collaboration for the good of children and families.

UK Safer Internet Centre (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Provides the latest advice on how to use the internet and new technologies safely and responsibly. Also lists a range of practical resources, news and events focussing on the safe and responsible use of the internet and new technologies.

United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
A multi-agency centre providing a central point for the development of expertise and co-operation in relation to the trafficking of human beings.

UNICEF (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
A worldwide organisation working specifically for children.

Useful Contacts (334.3kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
A Directory of Local Support Organisations and Services

VGT
The Virtual Global Taskforce is made up of police forces from around the world working together to fight online child abuse.

Who Cares? Scotland
A voluntary organisation offering advocacy and support to children and young people in care.

With Scotland
New website for MARS/SCCPN = With Scotland - a one-stop-shop for information and resources - connect and exchange knowledge and information to help protect Scotland's children.

Young Scot Website (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Local information on a wide range of topics for Perth & Kinross Youth aged 11 - 26 years