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.
| 24 March 2016
The independent inquiry set up to investigate the abuse of children in care in Scotland has made its first formal call for survivors of abuse to come forward and share their experiences.
Those who suffered abuse as children in residential or foster care and who wish to provide evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, are being asked to make contact by email, post or, from Tuesday 29 March, through a dedicated freephone number. Susan O’Brien QC, who is chairing the inquiry, confirmed it would start hosting evidence gathering meetings in April. The inquiry has already heard evidence from some elderly and seriously ill people. Those who wish to give evidence will initially have the opportunity to have their evidence heard in private and recorded anonymously by experienced and specially trained lawyers. Public hearings will begin in November.
Those who wish to make contact with the inquiry can do so either by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, by post, Scottish Child Abuse inquiry, PO Box 24085, Edinburgh EH7 9EA or by telephone from 29 March onwards, 0800 0929 300.
| 24 March 2016
To children, online life is real life. We've joined forces with O2 to help parents explore and understand online life as kids know it.
As part of our belief in helping parents know how to keep their children safe online, we wanted to develop a guide, primarily aimed at parents of 8-12 year olds, about the social networks, apps or games with an interactive element that children use most frequently.
We worked with our online safety partner, O2 – to find out what over 500 parents thought about the social networks that children use. We've also asked 1720 young people what they thought. The purpose of the guide is to provide parents with the information they need to understand their child's online world and help them keep their children safe online.
We're encouraging parents to explore what other parents and children are saying about the sites, and form their own views about the appropriateness of popular sites.
We hope that Net Aware can help give parents the confidence to have balanced and informed conversations about what their children are doing online.