Working together to keep children safe

Motherwell FC's youth academy and North Lanarkshire Child Protection Committee are working together to raise awareness about what we can do to help keep children and young people safe

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The partnership will see the youth academy continue to back the child protection message by displaying the Child Protection Committee logo on their tops throughout the season.  

The club will also display prominent child protection messages around Fir Park and through social media on how to report concerns.

Suzanne Reid, Head of Commercial & Marketing at Motherwell FC, said: "We are delighted to continue our partnership between our academy and the Child Protection Committee.

"Our particular focus this year will be on keeping children safe online, especially in the area of social media.

"Our first team and academy players and coaches will work to spread the message of internet safety across our local area."

A key message of the campaign is that everyone has a part to play by helping to make our communities safe nurturing places for children to grow up in. 

Marian Martin, chair of the North Lanarkshire Child Protection Committee, added: "Protecting our children from abuse, neglect and exploitation, whether online or in our communities, is everyone's responsibility.

"We want to make sure that everyone understands what to look out for and is confident that they can talk to someone who can help, if they are worried about the safety or wellbeing of a child or young person.

"Working with the academy at Motherwell Football Club, we can extend the reach of our message amongst those who might not otherwise hear it."Listening to what children say to us and taking any worries they have seriously helps children feel valued and respected and encourages them to speak up if they don't feel safe.

If you are worried about something that is happening to your child or a child you know, please speak out. You can contact a child's health visitor or teacher, or contact the locality social work office or Police Scotland. All information shared is treated seriously and the first priority will always be to make sure the child is safe.

For more information go to www.northlan.gov.uk/childprotection 

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