South Ayrshire Child Protection 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).  These procedures are under-pinned by the principles outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the child and also those contained within the Children (Scotland Act) 1995.


The Children (Scotland) Act 1995 embraces the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. These being:

  • Children have a right to be protected from all forms of abuse, neglect and exploitation;
  • Children should be listened to and their views taken into account in decisions affecting them;
  • Agencies should work together in providing services to meet the needs of children;
  • Parents should normally be responsible for the upbringing of their child and should share that responsibility.

The three principals that govern the 1995 Act are:

  • The child’s welfare is the paramount consideration;
  • Consideration must be given to the child’s views in all decisions made about them;
  • The principle of minimum intervention.


The procedures for South Ayrshire Social Work Services also reflect findings, guidance and recommendations in documents published by the Scottish Executive/Scottish Government since 2000.

In addition to the documents and guidance, there have been inquiries into and reviews of the circumstances surrounding the tragic deaths of children. The deaths of Kennedy McFarlane and Caleb Ness and the subsequent Inquiries into these, have significantly changed child protection practice. These Inquiries and subsequent inquiries and reviews have influenced policy, guidelines and practice and provided key lessons for those involved in working with children and the adults who have caring responsibilities for those children.

If you have any comments or questions in relation to these Procedures please email: CPC@south-ayrshire.gov.uk