West Lothian Child Protection Committee



The West Lothian Child Protection Committee (WLCPC) is the key local body for developing and implementing child protection strategy across and between relevant agencies. This is broadly broken down into three key areas:

1. Public Information

2. Continuous Improvement

3. Strategic Planning

How does the WLCPC fulfill these functions?

The WLCPC has three sub committees ensuring that all areas of work are progressed, working to an annual business plan - see Annual Report and Business Plan.

West Lothian Child Protection Committee

Each sub committee is chaired by a member of the CPC and contains CPC and non-CPC members. this does not mean that the chairperson does all the work associated with the sub committee but that he or she takes on the lead and ensures that progress is made as required.

The sub committees are:

  • Significant Case Review - the SCR sub committee ensures that significant cases, e.g. where a child has died, are reviewed and any lessons to be learned are disseminated to all the agencies.

  • Practice and Training - the P&T sub committee is responsible for ensuring that there is high quality, multi-agency training in place and that good practice and lessons to be learned from local or national inspections, evaluations, reviews etc. is disseminated to practitioners

  • Quality Assurance - the QA sub committee takes the lead in evaluating local practice, protocols, procedures etc. with a view to continuous improvement of services to children and families and outcomes for children.

WLCPC reports to a Chief Officers' group who in turn link to ELBEG (Edinburgh, Lothians & Borders Executive Group) where the chief executives of the five local authorities (West Lothian, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlothian and Scottish Borders), NHS Lothian, NHS Borders and Lothian and Borders Police meet to identify and commission inter-agency activity with respect to protecting children and young people. This group also ensures that appropriate resources are available and that issues of pan Lothian and Borders significance are progressed.


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