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Child Abuse

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 4 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will institute an appeal mechanism in association with the administrative system of compiling the at risk register of children established by his Department in conjunction with the regional authorities and the health boards.

Child protection registers are an essential component in the arrangements for protecting children from abuse or from risk of abuse. A child's name is normally entered on the register when a multi-disciplinary case conference concludes after assessing all the available information that an inter-agency plan is required for the care and protection of the child. We see no need to introduce a formal right of appeal against the administrative decision to register a child. Parents have full statutory rights of appeal to the sheriff court, against any decision made subsequently by the children's hearing to impose compulsory measures of care for a child.