The Aberdeenshire Child Protection Committee is a strategic partnership responsible for the design, development, publication, distribution, dissemination, implementation and evaluation of child protection and domestic abuse policy and practice across the public, private and wider third sectors in the Aberdeenshire area.
All agencies have the objective of improving outcomes for children by making sure children get the help they need, when they need it and have the right to be safe, protected from abuse, neglect and harm.
The Aberdeenshire Child Protection Committee is part of a larger framework of Public Protection arrangements in Aberdeenshire. The overall aim is the prevention of harm to vulnerable groups and involves working with both victims and perpetrators.
The Aberdeenshire Child Protection Committee is a multi-agency group with members from the Police, Health, local authority and third sector organisation’s. The role of each agency is to give individual and collective leadership and direction for the management of child protection services by promoting child protection policy and practice.
- Children’s Social Work Services
- Education Service
- Health Board
- Health & Social Care Partnership
- Police Scotland
- Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration
- Children’s Hearings Scotland
- Third Sector
In September 2021, the Scottish Government published the National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2021 which describes the functions of Child Protection Committees as continuous improvement; strategic planning and public information and communication. Further Guidance outlining Child Protection Committee and Chief Officer responsibilities for protecting children and young people is available in the advice and guidance document Protecting children and young people: Child Protection Committee and Chief Officer responsibilities