Child protection information for parents and carers

If you are worried about the safety of a child, you can call:

  • 01224 306877 (Joint Child Protection Team)
  • 0800 731 5520 (Emergency Out of Hours)
  • 101 (Police Scotland)
  • 0800 11 11 (Childline)

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The NSPCC with O2 have launched a Net Aware Guide to support parents and help them keep their children safe online.

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation has developed a guide for parents and carers to help answer some of the immediate questions they may have after learning about something that is happening, or has happened, in their child’s online life.

CEOP and the National Crime Agency have created up to date guides for parents and professionals to learn about current social media trends among young people. The guides are written in a simple and effective way that answer common questions adults have about popular apps and highlight potential risks that come with using certain forms of social media. 

A.D.A.M. (Another's Drinking Affects Me)

The A.D.A.M. website is for children and young people aged 11-16 years who may be affected or are concerned by another person's drinking (this could be a Mum, Dad, a grandparent, brother, sister or friend).

A.D.A.M. has been developed in consultation with young people who have experienced harm as a result of someone else's drinking and offers an opportunity to explore IF and HOW they are being affected. There are over 51,000 children and young people in Scotland living with a parent who has an alcohol problem. Many will suffer in silence and may find it difficult to talk about what is happening at home. A.D.A.M. offers suggestions on how to cope and provides sources of help and support.

You can also access posters, cards and other resources.

Mentor - Drug Prevention for Parents Resources

Mentor is the leading international federation of not-for-profit organisations working around the world to empower young people and prevent drug abuse. Their website offers parents and caregivers easily accessible information about drug prevention to help them raise empowered, healthy and drug free children.

Treatment of Drug Dependence - What You Need to Know

NHS Grampian have produced this leaflet to provide information for families and significant others.

The National Crime Agency's Child Exploitation and Online Protection command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and co-ordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account.  They protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.

The Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland aims to prevent domestic abuse by empowering both men and women with the right to ask about the background of their partner, potential partner or someone who is in a relationship with someone they know, and there is a concern that the individual may be abusive.

Community disclosure enables parents, carers or guardians of children under 18 years old to make a formal request for the disclosure of information about a named person who may have contact with their child if they are concerned that he or she might be a registered child sexual offender.
Sex Offender Community Disclosure Scheme Leaflet

Being a parent is a demanding, 24 hour a day job. Most parents have to spend some time away from their children, whether it's to go to work or out for the evening. It can be hard to find someone suitable to look after your child, and it can also be expensive. But children rely on adults to protect them and parents are responsible for making sure that their children are happy and well looked after in their absence.

There is no set age at which it is OK to leave children home alone. It depends on whether the child is mature enough to cope in an emergency and feels happy about being left. Children mature at different ages, and every child is an individual.

So how can parents tell if their child is mature enough? Is it safe to leave a young child alone? How do children feel about being alone? What are the dangers and risks?

This leaflet has been written to help parents make the right decisions about caring for their child when they're not at home.

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

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