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Child Protection - Information for Professionals

If you are concerned about a child or young person you can get advice by contacting the Council's Social Work Child Protection team on 01292 267675 or call 0800 328 7758 if out of hours.

Information for people who work with children

Regardless of your role, you play an important part in protecting children and young people in South Ayrshire. You have the following responsibilities:

  • To be aware of your organisations child protection policies/procedure
  • To be alert to indicators of concern in children and young people you come into contact with
  • To respond to concerns you have about a child by acting in accordance with your organisations procedures

The links below will support you in fulfilling these responsibilities.

South Ayrshire's Online Procedures reflect both the National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland (2014) and the West of Scotland Child Protection Consortium Inter-Agency Child Protection Procedures (2015).

The National Guidance for Child Protection reflects Scotland's changing landscape and provides information on new areas of practice and approaches which have shaped activity at both national and local level.

Child protection policies and procedures in South Ayrshire are informed by West of Scotland Interagency Child Protection Procedures.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE): Guidance on Child Sexual Exploitation - A Practitioners' Resource Pack developed by Barnardo's in partnership with the West of Scotland Child Protection Consortium can be found on the linked web page along with other guides. This guidance provides practitioners with a starting point when thinking of how to identify and respond to child sexual exploitation. In addition, staff may find the  risk indicator matrix (PDF) [84KB] (opens new window)  a useful resource when considering the possibility of CSE. In October 2016 the Scottish Government issued an updated definition of CSE.

Updated Policies and Procedures - 2021

Unseen Child Protocol
Case management transfer protocol
Equal protection from assault guidance

Child protection learning and development and information/research resources

Those people working with children and young people throughout South Ayrshire can access a variety of child protection training opportunities which can be booked through South Ayrshire Inter-Agency CPD.

WithScotland was a national resource for agencies and practitioners working to protect children in need of care and protection and adults at risk of harm. It still provides useful information and resources for professionals dealing with:

  • Child Abuse
  • Child Neglect
  • Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
  • Child Trafficking
  • Child Protection & Disability
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Online Safety

The Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS), based at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow also has useful information on CSE.