New child protection website launched

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The Scottish Government has launched a new national website offering help and support to vulnerable children and families on child protection issues.

The new site – http://childprotectionscotland.org – includes clear, accessible information on what the public should do if they are concerned for a child’s welfare.

It will also feature a range of information and links to downloadable materials for children themselves, including cartoons and online games providing child safety tips.

Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring protection is in place for all children at risk and this new site will further strengthen our efforts to make Scotland the best place for children and young people to grow up.

“Children only get one childhood and it should be a special time when they are loved and cherished, kept safe from harm and go on to realise their full potential. This valuable new resource will play a significant part in enhancing child protection across Scotland.”

Anne Houston, Chief Executive of CHILDREN 1st said:

“CHILDREN 1st welcomes the fact that this new website has information, not only for adults who may be worried about a child, but also for children and young people themselves. It is vital they understand that concerns about their welfare will be taken seriously and that they know what to do if they need help.

“This is another tool to make sure we all understand that it’s everybody’s responsibility to protect children.“

In 2010 the Scottish Government launched new, national child protection guidance clearly outlining expectations for local risk assessment.