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.
28 February 2014
The Stay Safe Online campaign is to help children, parents, teachers and carers improve their knowledge and understanding of how to keep children safe while the are online.
Backed by radio adverts, Stay Safe Online will provide children with the information they need. “Digi Dan’s Top Tips” will be available on the website digidan.co.uk. The website includes a quiz for youngsters and there is a DigiDan's ibook to download and keep his online safety tips.
17 February 2014
Following the withdrawal of the National Free-Phone Child Protection Line, in 2013, Highland Council Health and Social Care Service, in partnership with Highland Child Protection Committee, agreed to convert the existing local Child Protection single point of contact to a Free-Phone number. This should make it easier for members of the public to report concerns about the care and welfare of children. The new number, which is now ‘live’, is: 08000 938 100.
10 February 2014
Safer Internet Day is celebrated across the globe on 11 February. Schools, companies, governments and wider are all getting involved to help encourage the safe, responsible and positive use of technology. If you are a parent, it’s a great time to have a conversation with your child about staying safe online.
Use these links to find out more:
06 February 2014
Female genital mutilation is a form of child abuse common to some African, Asian and Middle Eastern communities in the UK.
This illegal and life-threatening initiation ritual can leave young victims in agony and with physical and psychological problems that can continue into adulthood.
Carried out in secret and often without anaesthetic it involves the partial or total removal of the external female genital organs.
Victims are usually aged between four and ten, but some are babies.
After discovering that more than 70 women and girls as young as seven seek treatment every month, the NSPCC have launched a helpline to protect UK children from female genital mutilation (FGM).
Anyone who is worried about a child being or has been a victim of FGM can contact
0800 028 3550 for information and support.
Sean Byrne, Child Protection Lead Officer, Edinburgh Child Protection Committee, writes about FGM to help highlight FGM Awareness Day. Download