Date lodged: 25 April 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to investigate allegations of abuse of children who were placed in the care of other family members.
Answered by: John Swinney 2 May 2019
Protecting children and young people from all forms of abuse is a priority for the Scottish Government as set out in current national policy and legislation.
Under the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 and the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 social work services and the police have a legal responsibility to investigate any child protection concerns. The Scottish Government has published the National Child Protection Guidance (2014) which sets out the national framework within which agencies and practitioners at local level – individually and jointly – can understand and agree processes for working together to support, promote and safeguard the wellbeing of all children, regardless of their care setting.