Child protection


Aberdeen City Council’s Integrated Children’s and Family Services and the city’s Child Protection Committee is urging communities to adopt an ‘eyes open’ approach to young individuals struggling without the support of schools and nurseries network.

Anyone with any concerns about the health, safety or wellbeing of a child or young person should contact Police Scotland on 101 or the Aberdeen Joint Child Protection Team on 01224 306877 (0800 731 5520 for emergencies out of office hours).

Mind of my own

Care-experienced young people and their families who may be finding the lack of face to face contact and social isolation difficult during the current Covid-19 lockdown can still use the Mind of My Own app to stay in touch with their social work professional.

With the use of Mind Of My Own, users can help overcome feelings of anxiety, isolation or loneliness by sending their worker a statement , which will be received by email, to let them know how the user is feeling and allow the individual to feel connected and digitally close to them at this time.
The app can be downloaded from an app store or by creating an account at mind of my own

If potential users find this difficult, they can contact their worker and be supported through the downloading process.  
Social work professionals in Aberdeen City Council who know a young person who would benefit from the use of the app and have any questions on how to sign a young person up or how this could benefit them at this time should email 

Child protection

Child protection is everyone's responsibility.

If you are worried about the safety of a child in Aberdeen call:

  • 01224 306877 (Joint Child Protection Team)
  • 0800 731 5520 (Emergency Out of Hours)
  • 101 (Police Scotland)

Contact us even if you are unsure, then we can take steps to assess the risk to the child and, if needed, to protect them.

Child protection guidance

The National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2014 is the child protection guidance used across all agencies and services in Aberdeen.

Reference should no longer be made to the NESCPC Guidelines 2012 and all child protection policies should be updated to reflect this. The National Guidance is up to date in connection with child protection matters and provides useful advice on the impact of matters such as domestic abuse, drug and alcohol misuse, child sexual exploitation, online abuse and neglect. Please note that, in practice, child protection procedures will not change.

If you are worried about a child's safety, please contact us.

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