What would you do if you thought a child was at risk or being abused?
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:
- in the day, you can phone your local social work office or health visitor or the police
- at other times, there is an emergency out of hours social work service. This service is available through the night and at weekends. Their number is 0845 840 0070
- you can also contact the Police at any time on 0845 600 5 700
- there is also a national child protection helpline (24-hour freephone) on 0800 022 3222
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
The Aberdeenshire Child and Family Protection Committee is responsible for child protection and domestic abuse arrangements in Aberdeenshire.