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Child protection

Parents and carers

As a parent or carer, you are responsible for bringing up a child or young person, promoting their wellbeing, health and development and protecting them from harm. 

Most parents and carers in North Lanarkshire do a very good job but it can be difficult at times and sometimes parents, or others caring for a child, need some advice, help or support. 

 Parentline Scotland provides free telephone advice to any adult caring for a child or young person in Scotland.

Call them on 08000 28 22 33.

    Concerns about your child or another child

    If you're concerned about your child or another child - speak to someone.

    This might be a health visitor, nursery staff, teacher, GP, social worker, police officer or member of staff from our social work locality offices.

    If the child is in immediate danger you should contact the police (999).

    Advice on keeping children safe in specific circumstances

    Keeping children safe online

    Have a look at our spotlight on online safety page for more on this important issue or check out the Child Sexual Exploitation and Online Protection Think U Know  website

    Keeping children safe in sport

    More about what parents should look for when choosing a good sports club or activity for their child on the Children 1st Safeguarding in Sport website.

    The Underwear Rule

    This information was developed by NSPCC as an easy way to teach your children that their body belongs to them and to talk to a trusted adult if they ever feel scared or upset. You can download the Activity Pack for children and the Guide for Parents and Carers  that can make talking to your child easier. There is also a guide for children with a learning disability and children with Autism.

    If your family is involved in the child protection system

    We know that being involved in the child protection system can be a stressful time for families. 

    It is important that:

    • everything that's happening is explained to you
    • you and your child/children's views are listened to
    • you are advised of the best way you can support your child during this time

    Your social worker should keep in regular contact with you and should give you a number where you can contact them, or leave a message if they are not available. 

    A  leaflet is available for people who become involved in a child protection investigation, to help them to understand:

    • why people are concerned
    • what is likely to happen during the investigation
    • what will happen after the investigation

    We have also produced a suite of information which to help you understand what's going on and explains some of the other processes that you might be involved in that are designed to keep your child safe.

    Contact the child protection committee, if you would like copies of this information.

    If you feel you need legal advice regarding you or your child's rights you can contact:

    or

    North Lanarkshire Child Protection Committee

    Regent House
    9 High Patrick Street
    Hamilton
    ML3 7ES

    Page last updated:
    28 Sep 2020

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