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Child Protection - I am a Member of the Public

All adults have a responsibility to protect children from harm.  This includes not only parents and professionals but also family members, friends, neighbours and members of the public.

This section will allow you to find out more about:

What might make you concerned

What is child abuse?

What to do if concerned

Will I need to give my name

What happens next

What will happen to the child and family

What might happen if you do not report your concern

Useful Links

pdf icon General Information Leaflet [1Mb]

Keeping Children Safe
Police Scotland have introduced the Keeping Children Safe scheme.  This allows any member of the public to raise concerns they have about a person who has contact with their child.  For more information including how to raise a concern.

Forced Marriage
Being emotionally or physically forced to marry is not only wrong but it is illegal.  A campaign to raise awareness of forced marriage and help those at risk is currently running across Scotland.  For information and advice visit or call the free 24-hour helpline on 0800 027 1234