Child Protection is everyone’s responsibility.
WORRIED ABOUT A CHILD?
Protecting children is the responsibility of every member of the community, not just child protection services.
Remember – if you suspect abuse, do not rely on someone else to notice.
If you would like to speak to someone, seek help or pass on information or concerns:
Monday to Friday during office hours contact your Children & Families local Social Work Office. Full details on Aberdeenshire Council website
Evenings & Weekends call the Out of Hours Service on 03456 08 12 06
Non Emergency 101
Designated Doctor/Nurse Consultant in Child Protection
Tel: 01224 551706 during office hours
Out of hours or urgent referrals:
Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital & Dr Gray’s Hospital,
Tel: 0845 456 6000
Do not worry about being wrong: you may only know one part of the story. Other people may know more and your action could be the key to ending a child’s suffering.
Signs of abuse can range from poor personal hygiene and hunger to unexplained injuries or self-harm.
If a young person tells you they are being abused:
- stay calm and listen to them
- never promise to keep it a secret – tell them you must let someone else know
- remind them that they are not to blame and are doing the right thing
- report it, but leave any investigation to child protection agencies
Protecting Aberdeenshire’s children is everyone’s business.