Public urged to keep eyes and ears open for children at risk

Wednesday, 25 March, 2020

child at windowWith many children not attending schools and nurseries during the Covid-19 crisis, a national child protection group is urging everyone to keep their eyes and ears open for children who may be at risk during this time.

Child Protection Committees Scotland, a national grouping of child protection professionals, supports all efforts by the Scottish Government, and key local agencies, to keep children safe from harm during the enforced break in normal routine.

The Chair of East Dunbartonshire Child Protection Committee, Caroline Sinclair, recognises the impact a significant change in day-to-day life may have on vulnerable children.

She said, “Schools and nurseries in East Dunbartonshire play a central role in contributing to the safety of all local children, especially those who may be at risk of abuse and neglect. When children are not at school we are less able to support them and to monitor their wellbeing on a daily basis, so we are making every effort possible to support those children and families who may need it during these demanding times, in different ways.”

However, Ms Sinclair stresses the need for the public to join efforts to protect potentially vulnerable children during the Coronavirus outbreak.

“We all have a duty of care towards children and young people who may be at risk. We are asking everyone to be aware of what is going on around them, have their eyes and ears open.”

“Local people always provide a significant protective factor for children and that’s even more important at a time when families may be under significant additional stress. If you’re at all worried about a child’s welfare, it’s much better to say something than do nothing.”

If you are concerned about a child or children in East Dunbartonshire please contact the social work department on 0141 777 3000, if out of hours
0300 343 1505 or Police Scotland on 101.

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