With the current closure of schools and nurseries, and with children being largely kept at home for long periods, there is potential for an increase in child abuse.
Many families will be under extra stress during the Coronavirus outbreak, and there are real concerns amongst child protection professionals that vulnerable children may be at even higher risk during this extended break in normal routine.
Child Protection Scotland asks every individual and every community to play a part to keep Scotland’s children safe from harm during Covid-19. It’s more important than ever that we all keep our eyes and ears open. If you see or hear something that doesn’t sound right, take action. If you’re at all concerned about a child’s welfare, it’s much better to say something than do nothing.
If you’re worried, don’t hesitate to contact your local authority social work department , or call the police on 101. If you think that a child is in immediate danger you should call the police on 999 right away.