Information for parents and carers

Child protection information for you

As a parent or carer, you are responsible for bringing up a child or young person, promoting their wellbeing, health and development and protecting them from harm. 

Most parents and carers in North Lanarkshire do a very good job but it can be difficult at times and sometimes parents, or others caring for a child, need some advice, help or support. 

For advice on caring for a child or young person, talk to your health visitor, GP, teacher or your social worker. You can also contact Parentline Scotland which provides free telephone advice to any adult caring for a child or young person in Scotland.

Call them on 08000 28 22 33 or visit the Parentline Scotland website

Child protection - information for parents and carers

If you are concerned about your child or another child speak to someone. This might be a health visitor, nursery staff, teacher, GP, social worker, police officer or member of staff from our social work locality offices.

If the child is in immediate danger you should contact the police (999).

If you and your child are involved in the child protection process you can find out more information about how concerns are investigated and what might happen next by looking at the next few pages using the link at the foot of the page.

For advice on keeping children safe in specific circumstances have a look at the links and downloads below

  • Keeping children safe online:
    Have a look at our spotlight on online safety page for more on this important issue or check out the Child Sexual Exploitation and Online Protection Think U Know  website
  • Keeping children safe in sport:
    More about what parents should look for when choosing a good sports club or activity for their child on the Children 1st Safeguarding in Sport website 
  • The Underwear Rule:
    This information was developed by NSPCC as an easy way to teach your children that their body belongs to them and to talk to a trusted adult if they ever feel scared or upset.  You can download the Activity Pack for children and the Guide for Parents and Carers  that can make talking to your child easier.  There is also a guide for children with a learning disability and children with Autism 

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