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S5W-00498: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what risk assessments are carried out at child contact centres prior to children seeing their parents.

Answered by: Mark McDonald 16 June 2016

In all Relationships Scotland contact centres full risk assessments are carried out in all cases prior to any contact taking place, and continual monitoring of risk is carried out at all times in each case. This is in line with Relationships Scotland’s national policies and procedures.

The risk assessment process involves the following steps:

Risks are identified during the referral or intake process;

The head of service appoints a risk assessor for each case, who makes an assessment when a potential risk is identified;

When potential risks are identified and forwarded to the risk assessor, the risk assessor will meet the head of the service and any relevant staff to: discuss the risk and its potential impact, consider actions (including gathering information); prepare a statement of the risk in terms of the nature, seriousness, likelihood of it occurring, possible outcomes and manageability; make a final decision on the most appropriate course of action; and develop manageability procedures if a decision is made to accept the referral or continue the contact; and if a decision is made to accept the referral or continue the contact, the staff member who has direct responsibility for organising and monitoring the contact is told of the nature, seriousness and likelihood of the risk; and the specific actions to be taken before, during and after the contact, and by whom.