As most of Scotland re-enters lockdown and the re-opening of schools and nurseries is delayed, families across the country face new challenges and stresses, and some children may experience abuse or neglect during this phase of the pandemic.
Every child in Scotland has the right to be kept safe from abuse, neglect, exploitation and any other kind of harm that puts them at risk.
Child Protection Committees Scotland (CPCScotland) is a national grouping of professionals who work together to improve the protection of children in Scotland.
The Child Protection Scotland website explains different kinds of child abuse, and what to do if you’re worried about a child or children.
If you’re concerned about a child, it’s better to say something than do nothing – it’s everyone’s responsibility to protect children from harm.
Individuals and local communities can play huge part in protecting children, by supporting the great work already being done by professionals, official organisations, the police and the law.