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Child Protection

'It is everyone's responsibility to protect children'

If the child is at immediate risk, telephone the Police. Dial 999.

If you have concerns about a child or young person please contact the Council's Social Work Child Protection Services on 01292 267675 or call 0800 328 7758 if out of hours. You can also contact us by emailing

It is everyone's responsibility to protect children.

All children and young people have a right to grow up in a caring and safe environment. All adults have a responsibility to protect children and young people, including:

  • parents;
  • family members;
  • friends;
  • neighbours;
  • members of the public;
  • all professionals.

Child or young person

You have the right to be kept safe from harm. If you are worried about something or someone you know and are not sure what to do there are lots of people who can help.

You could talk to:

  • someone in your family or a friend who you trust;
  • someone in your school like your teacher;
  • your school nurse;
  • a social worker;
  • the police; or
  • you could call Childline on 0800 11 11.

There are various things that we can all do to help you. We can listen to you, and give you information on how to deal with your concern. The most important thing is, if you are worried about something and don't feel safe, please tell someone who can help you.

Here at South Ayrshire Council there are people who can help you. If you would like to speak to us during the day call us on 01292 267675 or if the office is closed call us on 0800 328 7758. You can also contact us by emailing

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Parent or carer

Children and young people have a right to be protected and be safe from harm from others. We all have a responsibility to make sure that all our children live safely.

Families, neighbours, professionals and members of communities play a vital role in protecting children. Most children in our society grow up in a safe protected environment, but sadly some do not, and need extra help from adults to keep them safe.

If you and your child are or have recently been involved in a child protection investigation you may be feeling worried or confused. You might find it useful to speak to someone such as a social worker or a health visitor. Agencies are there to try and make sure your child is safe and support you where possible to ensure this.

The  Information for parents and carers whose children are involved in child protection investigations (PDF) [4MB]  leaflet will provide information for you or your family if you involved in child protection processes, or if you want to read more about what happens if you become involved.