CPCScotland urges public to keep eyes and ears open for children at risk


With the closure of schools and nurseries during the COVID-19 crisis, Child Protection Committees Scotland is urging everyone to keep their eyes and ears open for children who may be at risk during this time.

Child Protection Committees Scotland is a nation-wide membership organisation of child protection professionals, including Children 1st staff and colleagues. It supports all efforts by the Scottish Government, local authorities and the third sector to keep children safe from harm during the enforced break in normal routine.

CPCScotland Vice Chair Tam Baillie recognises the impact a significant change in the day-to-day may have for vulnerable children.

“Schools and nurseries play a central role in contributing to the safety of all our children, especially those who may be at risk of abuse and neglect. When children are not at school we lose the ability to monitor their wellbeing on a daily basis, so we are pleased that careful consideration is being given to supporting those children and families who may need it during these demanding times.”

However, CPCScotland stresses the need for the public to join efforts to protect potentially vulnerable children during the Coronavirus outbreak. Tam Baillie urges everyone to play a part to keep Scotland’s children safe.

“The onus of care has now shifted from schools to local communities, and we’re asking everyone to keep their eyes and ears open. Local people always provide a significant protective factor for children and that’s even more important at a time when families may be under significant additional stress. If you’re at all worried about a child’s welfare, it’s much better to say something than do nothing.”

Children 1st is joining CPCScotland in urging everyone to take action if they’re concerned about a child or children. If you’re worried don’t hesitate to contact your local authority social work department, or call the police on 101.