Concerns about a child

What is Child Abuse?

Child abuse is when someone harms a child or young person.  Abuse can be physical, emotional, or sexual. It can also include neglect.

What to do if you are concerned?

Members of the Community have a key role in identifying children at risk.  If you are concerned that a child has experienced or is at risk of abuse you should speak to someone.  

You may wish to approach a teacher, health visitor, social worker, police officer or Children’s Reporter to report your concerns or you can call one of the numbers on the left panel. 

You should act promptly and give them as much information as you know about the child and family.  All information received is treated seriously and will be acted upon.  

Find out more....

For more about Child Protection in Inverclyde visit Inverclyde Child Protection Committee website or for the latest information on child protection issues in Scotland go to the Child Protection Scotland website. The message page is regularly updated with short articles and links on topical issues affecting children, young people and their families.  See under External links on this page for access to both websites.

There is also a general information leaflet under Documents on this page.