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These procedures reflect the National Guidance for the protection of Children in Scotland(2014). 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 Procedures please email: lesley.james@south-ayrshire.gov.uk