Keeping kids safe during lockdown

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.

While we are in this period of lockdown it’s vital for everyone to be alert to signs that all is not well for a child or young person and to take action if they’re worried about a child’s safety or wellbeing. 

It’s everyone’s responsibility to keep children safe from harm

Community support for vulnerable children and young people is particularly important during lockdown when most children are not in the usual routine of school or nursery. Local people can play a vital role to protect children who may be at risk of harm by keeping their ears and eyes open for signs that something is wrong.

If you hear or see something that isn’t right, or if your gut tells you that a child might be at risk of harm, please take action. Children’s services and social work are always available, even during lockdown. 

It’s always better to say something than do nothing

If you’re a child or a young person and don’t feel safe, talk to an adult you trust or contact Childline on 0800 1111 or visit childline.org.uk for help. 

If you’re an adult who’s worried about a child, you should contact your local council’s Social Work team or Police Scotland on 101. If a child is in immediate danger please call 999 right away.