More detail needed in child protection plan

Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for reassurances that newly qualified social workers are being adequately supported in their role as the Scottish Government seeks to strengthen the protection of children from Child Sexual Exploitation.

The party has previously called on ministers to set out a detailed timeline in the National Action Plan which rectifies the serious weaknesses in child protection services outlined last week by the Care Inspectorate. Scottish Liberal Democrats today said that ministers must move quickly and effectively to safeguard Scotland’s children against abuse suffered by children in the past.

Speaking after the ministerial statement today, Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson for children and young people Liam McArthur MSP said:
“The harrowing experiences suffered by survivors of child sexual exploitation are owed a robust response from Scotland’s public agencies. It is upon all of us to ensure that every step is taken to safeguard children in Scotland from this horrific abuse.
“Ministers must move quickly and effectively to put measures in place which rectify the weaknesses identified by the Care Inspectorate. This includes taking decisive action to ensure that local teams have the necessary experience to be able to spot and deal with abuse.
“Newly qualified social workers should not have to deal with the most complex and traumatic cases on their own. Putting in place appropriate support will benefit those involved in protecting our children and is an important step in our efforts to protect children.
“It was disappointing not to see detail and an urgent timeframe on practical measures like this in the minister’s statement.”

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