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Revisiting Child Protection in Scotland

This project builds from two funded projects: the Changing Culture in Child Protection Social Work knowledge exchange study (2013) and the ‘Talking & Listening to Children’ research study (2014-2016). The first was an ESRC-funded Scottish project in which two local authority agencies came together with the University of Edinburgh to try out ways of shifting culture in children and families' social work from compliance to a learning culture. The second was a UK-wide, ESRC-funded project exploring social workers’ communication with children involved in the child protection system. Our original study began with the realisation that social workers have often been criticised in child abuse inquiries for not taking enough account of children’s views and for sometimes failing even to see children. We wanted to find out more about this, with a view to bringing about improvements in practice. Our research has now ended and we are disseminating the findings in as many different ways as possible, including through this impact project.

Who we are

We are a partnership between Social Work at the University of Edinburgh, the Scottish Association of Social Workers, the Scottish Social Services Council, the Scottish Government and Children in Scotland.

Our work is supported by a range of other organisations including: Centre for Child Protection and WellbeingWithScotlandWho Cares? ScotlandSocial Work ScotlandCentre for Research on Families and RelationshipsIRISS and CELCIS.

The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Scottish Association of Social Work and the Scottish Social Services Council.

Viv Cree and Fiona Morrison co-ordinate the project. Follow us on Twitter @revisitCPScot


Latest Blog Posts

Social workers need to be upfront about what we can and can’t do

by Viviene Cree I watched BBC Scotland’s Fife’s Child Killings: The Untold Story last night with some trepidation. Was this going to be another public humiliation of social work and social workers – another of the ritual slaggings that so … Continue reading →

Published on 5th August 2017 via Revisiting Child Protection in Scotland

A Young Person speaks about 2016: changing policy and practice

As someone who grew up in care in Scotland, 2016 will be a year that I never forget. Currently I work in the policy team at Who Cares? Scotland. Who Cares? Scotland is an independent advocacy and campaigning organisation that … Continue reading →

Published on 24th May 2017 via Revisiting Child Protection in Scotland

Looking back on the Revisiting Child Protection in Scotland project: A View from the Field

In this blog, Trisha Hall, Scottish Association of Social Workers’ manager, talks about what the Revisiting Child Protection in Scotland project – and the TLC resources within it – have meant for her … The Talking & Listening to Children … Continue reading →

Published on 24th May 2017 via Revisiting Child Protection in Scotland