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Police Scotland launches Stay Safe Online campaign for children

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.

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Highland Launches Free-Phone Child Protection Line:

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.

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Protecting Highland's Children 

Safer Internet Day 2014

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:  

Advice and resources for parents and carers 

Find out more about Safer Internet Day 2014

Watch Safer Internet Day TV live on 11 February

Raising awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

06 February 2014

Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

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.

Further information 

Sean Byrne, Child Protection Lead Officer, Edinburgh Child Protection Committee, writes about FGM to help highlight FGM Awareness Day.   Download 

Hollyoaks actors feature in advert about rape

Daily Star | 03 February 2014

A hard-hitting new ad featuring Hollyoaks actors will be screened to raise awareness of casual abuse within relationships.

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