For kid's sake...

Sun, sand, sea and staycations

Schools and nurseries across Scotland have closed for the holidays and children everywhere are looking forward to a fun-filled summer after putting up with many months of pandemic restrictions.

As we begin to enjoy some freedoms after months of restriction, many of us will be seeing more of our extended families and friends during the summer holidays. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends will be getting together for summer breaks, sleepovers, long weekends, day trips and outings.

Sadly, lockdown and spending more time at home has meant that some children and young people will have experienced abuse, neglect or harm. During the holidays everyone can be alert to signs that all is not well for a child, and do something to get help and support for that child.

For kids’ sake, Child Protection Scotland are asking everyone to look and listen carefully, or pay full attention when a child’s behaviour has changed.

If a child you know seems unusually distressed, withdrawn or is acting out in a way that you’ve not seen before, don’t stay silent, do something.

If you notice that a child is persistently hungry or dirty, has unusual marks on their body, take action. If your gut tells you something is wrong, don’t ignore it.

It’s always better to say something than do nothing

You can contact your council’s social work department, or social work in the area where the children live.

You can call Police Scotland on 101 if you think a child or young person has experienced abuse. Or, if you’re worried a child is in immediate danger, please call the police on 999 right away.

For kids’ sake… do something