Inter-agency guidance in relation to child protection: A UK comparison

Sharon Vincent

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This paper is part of a wider pice of research providing analysis and commentary on child protection policy across the UK: in each jurisdiction and UK-wide. A central plank of child protection policy is guidance on interagency working. This paper provides initial comparative information about the interagency child protection guidance current in each area of the UK at the time of writing (June 2008). It provides a ‘snap-shot’ of the child protection procedures contained in each area's guidance. It is a baseline from which to develop a deeper and more complete picture of child protection systems and processes across the UK. UK comparative information is provided on: the principles underlying the inter-agency guidance; where the locus of responsibility for child protection lies; the grounds for investigating concerns; referral processes and emergency procedures; measures for investigation; case conferences, case management and review processes; procedures to deal with appeals and complaints. It also briefly covers: guidance on individuals who pose a risk of harm to children, information sharing, record keeping and confidentiality; and guidance on procedures to be followed if a child dies or is seriously injured.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherThe University of Edinburgh/NSPCC Child Protection Research Centre
Commissioning bodyUniversity of Edinburgh/NSPCC Child Protection Research Centre
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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