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* 1. Advice and Accessibility – This guidance seeks to provide advice to local partnerships and agencies to inform the development of local guidance, and has been structured in sections that are intended to be standalone and accessible to practitioners seeking advice on particular aspects of practice. In your view, does the guidance fulfil these objectives?

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* 2. GIRFEC Practice Model – Our aim is to ensure that the guidance is fully integrated with the language and core components of the Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) practice model. Do you think the revised National Guidance for child protection is integrated with the GIRFEC practice
model?

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* 3. Practices and Processes – Part 3 seeks to accurately and proportionately describe the practice and processes critical in the protection of children. Are there any practices or processes that are not fully or clearly described in the guidance?

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* 4. Assessment Section – A new section of this National Guidance (Assessment part 2b) provides advice about child protection assessment practice. Is this section sufficiently clear and does it cover all of the aspects you would expect?

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* 5. Description of child protection processes and procedure – This National Guidance covers the consideration, assessment, planning and actions that are required, when there are concerns that a child may be at risk of harm. It also provides direction where child protection procedures are initiated. This is when Police, Social Work or Health determine that a child may have been abused or may be at risk of significant harm and an Inter-agency Referral Discussion (IRD) will take place. Are the processes and procedures that lead to and follow IRD clearly described within the Guidance?

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* 6. Neglect – The draft National Guidance defines ‘neglect’ as child abuse, where it: “Consists in persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result
in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. There can also be single instances of neglectful behaviour that cause significant harm. Neglect can arise in the context of systemic stresses such as poverty and is an indicator of support needs.”  Do you agree with this definition?

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* 7. Neglect – Recognising that it is a complex area we also include some discussion about whether neglect should be defined as abuse where it is “a consequence of systemic stresses such as poverty.” Do you agree with this approach?

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* 8. Pre-birth assessment and support – Part 4 of the National Guidance sets out the context in which action is required to keep an unborn baby safe. Part 3 sets out the processes for this. Do these parts of the guidance clearly and fully set out the context and processes?

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* 9. Specific areas of concern (Part 4) Do all sections of Part 4 of the National Guidance address the specific areas of concern appropriately

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* 10. COVID-19 – During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been necessary to adapt practice to ensure continuity of child protection processes. Learning from the pandemic and examples of best practice will be incorporated into the National Guidance. Are there adapted processes that you would like to see continued?

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