Child protection

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We work directly with children, young people, parents and families, providing a range of family support services including advice, information and practical help.  

We have a legal duty to ensure that children are protected from abuse and neglect.  Allegations and concerns relating to child abuse are investigated jointly by Social Services staff with Police Scotland.

Child abuse

Children can be abused in different ways. They could be physically injured, sexually abused, emotionally abused or neglected.  Children living in households where there is domestic abuse or substance misuse are also at risk.

Children who have been abused rarely tell, but there are signs which may make you worry that a child has been abused. The child may have unexplained bruising, seem afraid, quiet or withdrawn, be afraid to go home, or seem hungry, tired or unkempt.

You may be concerned if a child is left alone or unsupervised, has too much responsibility for their age, is acting in a sexually inappropriate way or is misusing drugs or alcohol.

You may also see behaviour in an adult which makes you worry about any children they care for. For example, an adult may be acting violently or sexually towards a child, involved in drug or alcohol misuse whilst caring for a child or being verbally abusive towards a child.  

You should report this type of behaviour. You do not have to give your name.

If you are concerned that a child is being abused or is at risk of abuse

  • If you believe a child or young person is at immediate risk of harm, please call 999 and ask for the Police.
  • If you are concerned about a child, you can contact us to report child protection concerns or contact your health visitor, teacher, nursery worker, family doctor, social worker, police officer or children's reporter. 

Contact us

01786 471177

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