The 2002 review of child protection services carried out the by Scottish Government – “It's everyone's job to make sure I'm alright” - highlighted the unacceptable circumstances in which a minority of children live in Scotland, and underlined the need for us all to be involved in protecting children.
Sometimes children at risk of serious harm are not known to the agencies until it becomes necessary to take drastic action to protect them. It would be so much better for the children if we could help them long before then and prevent them from experiencing serious harm and neglect. The agencies are often not in the right place at the right time to see what is happening, but the public often are and you can help to protect vulnerable children and young people by letting the agencies know what you’ve heard or seen.
If you are concerned about a child or young person you can speak to a number of people about your concerns or seek advice from them –
The National Child Protection Line 0800 022 3222 or visit their website
Alternatively you can contact the duty social worker at the following offices between 0845 – 5pm, Monday - Friday –
Central Moray -Covering Elgin High & Elgin Academy catchment areas
East Moray-Covering Buckie High and Keith Grammar catchment areas
North Moray - Covering Lossiemouth High and Milnes High catchment areas
West Moray - Covering Forres Academy and Speyside High catchment areas
The Emergency Out of Hours number is 08457 565656
Where you are concerned that a child is at immediate risk of harm please contact the police or social work immediately.