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The Children's Panel - life changing

Worried about a child or young person?

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Children and young people have a right to be protected and to be kept safe from harm.

We all have a responsibility to make sure that children and young people are kept safe from harm, whether it be at home, at school or in the community.

Families, neighbours, professionals and members of communities play a vital role in protecting children and young people. Most children and young people in our society grow up in a safe protected environment, but sadly the minority do not, and need extra help from adults to keep them safe.

If you’re worried about a child or young person, you should report your concerns to the local area where they live. For example, you could contact:

In an emergency situation you should contact the police immediately on 999.

There are also a number of other organisations who can help:

  • ChildLine
  • ParentLine
  • CHILDREN 1st
  • Young Scot
  • a national website called childprotectionscotland.org, offers help and support to vulnerable children and families on child protection issues. It provides clear, accessible information on what the public should do if they are concerned for a child’s welfare. It also features a range of information and links to downloadable materials for children, including cartoons and online games providing child safety tips. It also includes links to the child protection pages on each local authority’s website.