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Shetland inter-agency Child Protection Procedures
The updated May 2019 Shetland inter-agency Child Protection Procedures. - PdfPDF File (3771kb)
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Age for Child Protection Referrals

  • Important information updates for Child and Adult Procedures for all agencies and staff to clarify the age that young people should be referred to Child Protection or Adult Protection if there are concerns that they are at risk of harm.

    Please note that this information supersedes the guidance about the age of referral contained in the 2019 Shetland Interagency Child Protection Procedures and should be fully adopted into practice. The 2019 Shetland Interagency Child Protection procedures remain fit for purpose in all other respects and work is underway to update them with the aim of issuing new procedures later this year.

    • For any child or young person up to the age of 18 (regardless of whether they are attending school or not) a child protection referral should be made to Childrens Duty Social Work
    • For young people who are over the age of 18, but who are still attending school a child protection referral to Childrens Duty Social Work should be made. For some young people who have additional support needs this may mean that they could be 19 and still attending school, but it would be appropriate to make a child protection referral
    • Young people receiving continuing care or through care and after care (i.e. young people up to 26 who have been looked after) Childrens Duty Social Work in the first instance
    • For any other young person over the age of 18 for whom there are concerns that they may be at risk then a referral to Adult Duty Social Work under Adult Protection Procedures is appropriate

It's everyone’s job to keep young people safe

Children's Social Work

Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
Out of hours - 01595 695611

Children's Services

Phone: Email: [email protected]Address: Hayfield House
Hayfield Lane
Adult Duty Social Work
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
Out of hours 01595 695611
Phone: Email: [email protected]Address: Grantfield
Lerwick, ZE1 0NT

Child Protection Committee

Police Scotland

Emergency - 999

Non Emergency - 101

Procurator Fiscal
Phone: Email: [email protected]

Useful resources

Shetland Children's Plan 2021-2024

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Shetland Public Protection Committee Annual Report 2020/2021

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