Information for practitioners

Whatever your professional role, you play an important part in protecting children and young people in East Ayrshire. As a practitioner, you have the following responsibilities: 

  • to be aware of your organisation’s child protection policies and procedures
  • to be alert to indicators of concern in children and young people you come into contact with
  • to respond to concerns you have about a child by acting in accordance with your organisation’s procedures

The following will support you in fulfilling these responsibilities:

The National Guidance for Child Protection  provides information on new areas of practice and approaches which have shaped activity at both national and local level.

Child protection policies and procedures in East Ayrshire are informed by West of Scotland Interagency Child Protection procedures.  

Getting it right for every child approach, commonly known as GIRFEC, is the national approach in Scotland to improving outcomes and supporting the wellbeing of our children and young people by offering the right help at the right time from the right people.  It supports them and their parent(s) to work in partnership with the services that can help them.  Information is available on the Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) page or via the Pan Ayrshire GIRFEC site.

The Scottish Government, in March 2015, published revised National Guidance for Child Protection Committees - Conducting a Significant Case Review.  The guidance includes details of the processes for considering an Initial Case Review and subsequent Significant Case Review with useful flowcharts and the criteria for identifying whether a case is significant.

All three Ayrshire CPCs have collaborated to produce a Pan Ayrshire Protocol for conducting an Initial or Significant Case Review, along with the annexes below.  This protocol provides a common approach to handling initial and significant case reviews in Ayrshire and should be used as a guide by managers and practitioners to follow the processes and procedures set out to conduct an ICR or SCR.

A toolkit has been developed by Health Improvement Scotland (HIS). It offers multi-agency guidance to all multi-agency practitioners in respect of a sudden and unexpected death in infancy.

Guidance has been provided by the Scottish Children's Reporter Adminstration (SCRA) to give practical advice to professionals and any other person who may be considering making a referral to the reporter.  The document Guidance on Referral to the Reporter - Information for Partners was issued in February 2015.  They have issued a new briefing sheet and a training resource to help new and recently qualified social workers, help prepare children and young people for Hearings. 

Support and guidance in relation to Human (including Child) Trafficking and Exploitation can be found on the Human Trafficking webpage.

Reviewed in September 2015, the Ayrshire multi-agency guidance for people working with children and young people at risk of self-harm or suicide provides useful information to help ensure that all staff working or in contact with children and young people in Ayrshire provide a consistent, caring and appropriate response to children and young people who have been, or are at risk of, self-harm and suicide.


People who work with children and young people throughout East Ayrshire can access a variety of child protection training opportunities. 

Contact us at the details below for further information on training opportunities. 

Briefing notes

A series of practitioner briefing notes have been created to assist and support front line practitioners in their work with children and families.  These documents are listed below:

  1. Sudden and Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI)
  2. Deleted
  3. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  4. Multi-agency attendance at Child Protection case conferences - Updated March 2018
  5. Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 - Supporting People and Protecting People in East Ayrshire - Interagency Practitioner Guidance - May 2014
  6. Deleted
  7. Glossary of Terms - Child Protection Assessments and Case Conferences
  8. Unseen Child Protocol
  9. Getting Our Priorities Right - Revised Practitioner Guidance (GOPR2) - Updated March 2018
  10. Role of Named Person and Lead Professional Interim Practice Note
  11. East Ayrshire Social Work Child Protection Procedures
  12. Child Protection and Disability Toolkit
  13. Care & Risk Management (CARM): Managing children & young people who present a risk of serious harm
  14. Multi-Agency Protocol - Non-disclosure of information
  15. East Ayrshire Violence Against Women Partnership – Service Access Pathway And Resource Directory For Practitioners
  16. Resilience Awareness Raising Animation For Practitioners
  17. FGM Aware Newsletter No.1 - Challenging Female Genital Mutilation
  18. Managing Risk In School and Other Settings
  19. Vulnerable Pregnancy Procedure
  20. Child Sexual Exploitation - New Definition and Briefing paper
  21. Working with Resistance - Practitioner Portfolio
  22. Care Inspectorate: Practice Guide To Chronologies
  23. Responding to Female Genital Mutilation in Scotland: Multi-agency Guidance
  24. Transforming Psychological Trauma, a Knowledge and Skills Framework for the Scottish workforce
  25. The Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015 (Commencement No. 4) Regulations 2018

Child sexual exploitation resources

For information below are a variety of CSE related documents including; practitioner guidance, Scoping Studies and Reports:

  1. Barnardo's Scotland - Guidance on Child Sexual Exploitation - A Practitioners' Resource Pack
  2. Professor Alexis Jay - Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham 1997 - 2013
  3. Barnardo's Scotland - Lessons for Scotland from the Jay Report into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham
  4. Scottish Government - National Action Plan to Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation
  5. Children in Scotland - Safeguarding Scotland's Children from Child Abuse - A Review of the Scottish System
  6. Barnardo's - Working with children and young people who experience running away and child sexual exploitation
  7. CELCIS - The Sexual Exploitation of Looked after Children in Scotland
  8. Barnardo's - Hidden in Plain Sight
  9. Glasgow Social Services - Sexual Exploitation of Vulnerable Young People Looked After and Accommodated in Glasgow
  10. Child Sexual Exploitation: A Guide for Health Practitioners
  11. Report of Inspection of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council February 2015
  12. Child Sexual Exploitation leaflet

Contact Information

Social Services (Kilmarnock)
The Johnnie Walker Bond
15 Strand Street
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 01563 554200
Social Services (Cumnock)
Rothesay House
1 Greenholm Road
East Ayrshire
KA18 1LH
Telephone: 01290 427720
Emergency Social Work Service
Tel: 0800 328 7758
Note: The Emergency Out Of Hours Social Work Service is available after 5pm until 9am, Monday to Friday and throughout the weekend, including public holidays. You will be put through to the Ayrshire Social Work out of Hours Response Service. A qualified Social Worker will assess the circumstances referred.
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