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The 1990's and the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSafeguarding and Protecting Children and Young People
EditorsA. Stafford, S. Vincent
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherDunedin Academic Press
Pages34-48
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781903765692
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Abstract

The Children (Scotland) Act 1995 was a direct policy response to a number of circumstances described in earlier chapters of the book.There had been a series of high profile public enquiries concerning the conduct of individual cases that became a focus for public concern about professional intervention in families. There had been an expansion of categories and new understandings of child abuse, perhaps most significantly, child sexual abuse. Lastly, the earlier emphasis on providing support to families on a preventative basis, which had formed the backdrop of the establishment of the children's hearing system, had given way to an increasing focus on child protection investigations, leading to a dramatic rise in care or protection referrals to children's hearings and bringing a much larger number of children within the child protection system than previously.

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