Scotland Policy Conferences

Protecting and supporting vulnerable children - next steps for the Independent Care Review and the Child Protection Improvement Programme

Morning, Tuesday, 19th June 2018

Central Edinburgh


This timely seminar focuses on The Scottish Government’s current wide-ranging policy reform agenda aimed at improving lives for vulnerable children in Scotland.

Delegates will consider the further action that might be taken to improve the experience of children and young people in care, and will discuss key issues identified by the ongoing Independent Review into Scotland’s care system, following the completion of its initial discovery phase. 

Further sessions will look at next steps for reforming child protection in Scotland as The Scottish Government implements its Child Protection Improvement Programme - including consulting on revising the criminal offences of abuse and neglect of children - and as a Members Bill on giving children equal protection to adults from assault makes its way through The Scottish Parliament.

Delegates will also discuss Named Person legislation in relation to uncertainty surrounding its future, following the decision of MSPs to delay planned changes.

Guests of Honour

Maree Todd MSP

Minister for Childcare and Early Years, The Scottish Government

Fiona Duncan

Chair, Independent Care Review

Guests of Honour

Fiona Duncan

Chair, Independent Care Review

Maree Todd MSP

Minister for Childcare and Early Years, The Scottish Government

Keynote Speaker

Professor Jennifer Davidson

Executive Director, Inspiring Children’s Futures and CELCIS, University of Strathclyde


Johann Lamont MSP

Deputy Convener, Education and Skills Committee

Clare Adamson MSP

Member, Cross-Party Group on Carers


Mark Allison

Head, Child Protection Area Unit, Livingstone Brown

Lorraine Gray

Interim Chief Executive, Scottish Social Services Council

Anne Houston

Chair, Child Protection Committees Scotland

Karen Reid

Chief Executive, Care Inspectorate