Report child abuse or neglect

Child Protection Committees Scotland - working together to improve the protection of children in Scotland.

Child Protection Committees Scotland (CPCScotland) is a national grouping of professionals who work together to improve the protection of children in Scotland.  The group supports Child Protection Committees across Scotland and the Independent Chair and Lead Officer of Clackmannanshire and Stirling Child Protection Committee are involved with the group, attending quarterly meetings, contributing to the work of the group and sharing national communication and developments with local partner agencies including Clackmananshire and Stirling councils, NHS Forth Valley, Police Scotland and third sector partners.

We have a legal duty to ensure that children are protected from abuse and neglect. If you raise concerns about child abuse with us, we'll investigate them with Police Scotland.

Spotting possible child abuse

Children can experience different forms of abuse, including:

  • physical injury
  • sexual abuse
  • emotional abuse
  • neglect

Children living in households where there’s domestic violence or substance misuse can be at a particularly high risk of abuse.

Although children themselves might not speak about abuse, there are ways that you can spot this. These can include obvious signs, such as unexplained bruising. They might also include changes to a child’s appearance or behaviour, such as them seeming:

  • afraid
  • quiet
  • hungry
  • tired
  • unkempt
  • withdrawn
  • unwilling to go home

Other indicators of abuse include a child:

  • being left alone or unsupervised
  • being given too much responsibility for their age
  • acting in a sexually inappropriate way
  • using drugs or alcohol

You might also see behaviour in an adult that makes you worry about children in their care. For example, an adult might:

  • act violently or sexually towards a child
  • consume drugs or alcohol while caring for a child
  • be verbally abusive towards a child

If you want to report possible child abuse

You should always report any signs of child abuse. You do not have to give your name.

Reporting possible child abuse during office hours

To raise an issue during office hours, call Stirling Council’s Social Work team on 01786 471 177.

The team is available from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Reporting possible child abuse during evenings and weekends

During weekends and after 5pm on weekdays, you can call Stirling Council’s Social Work team on 01786 470 500.

Reporting serious incidents or emergencies

If you believe a crime has been committed or someone is at risk, you should report this to Police Scotland. You can call:

  • 999 if it’s an emergency, or if someone is at immediate risk of harm
  • 101 if it’s not an emergency

Find out more

You can find out more about child protection and the prevention of child abuse by visiting:

You can also download a leaflet and poster produced by the Stirling and Clackmannanshire Child Protection Committee.