Child protection

Protecting Scotland's children and young people is still everyone's job

We can protect children best when everyone works together, talks to each other and knows what kind of issues may cause concern.

This includes relatives, friends, neighbours and communities as well as professionals and others who work (paid or unpaid) with children and young people.

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For more on our wider children and families services go to our children and families pages. 

More information about child protection in Scotland can be found on the CELCIS Protecting Children pages.

Child Protection is part of our wider strategy for 'Getting It Right For Every Child' (GIRFEC).  More on GIRFEC in North Lanarkshire can be found here

Protecting Children from Child Sexual Exploitation

To mark National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day on 18th March, North Lanarkshire CPC launched a campaign to promote the role of local businesses such as pubs, shops and taxi companies to identify and respond to signs of child exploitation and abuse. If you work for a local business we would be grateful if you could complete this short survey. CSE survey

  • It is everyone's responsibility to protect children and young people from abuse.

  • Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is sexual abuse.

  • Perpetrators groom children and young people who can be manipulated into having sex in exchange for material goods, reward or affection.

  • Young people might not recognise that they are being exploited and could appear to be a 'consensual' relationship with an older person. It is still abuse.

If you spot warning signs you can share your concerns by phoning the police on 101 or the Barnardo's Nightwatch Hotline (in association with Crimestoppers) on 0800 389 0131.  You can also report anonymously online

If you think someone is in immediate danger phone 999 and ask for the police.


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