Authority urges vigilance over child protection
ARGYLL and Bute Council’s child protection committee has asked residents to get in contact if they believe a child is in danger.
The child protection campaign aims to inform parents and young people on how to recognise if a child is at risk of sexual exploitation.
Policy lead for health and social care Councillor Kieron Green said: ‘Protecting children and young people and keeping them safe is something everyone needs to step up and take responsibility for.
‘We often think we are interfering, or possibly in the wrong, if we suspect something isn’t right in our communities. We may not want to be the one to pick up the phone, or we may assume someone else will.
‘However, doing nothing is not an option.
‘The safety of our youngest residents is paramount. We need you to act quickly and pass on your concerns.’
The campaign was launched following more awareness of child exploitation in the wake of high-profile cases in Newcastle and Rotherham.
Chairwoman of the child protection committee Moira McKinnon said: ‘Every day local residents contact us and tell us about members of our community who may be at risk of harm.
‘That’s how we can work together to support and protect them.
‘Please make sure you do the same. We need your help to help our most vulnerable.’
Further guidance is now available on the council website and in leaflets.
Anyone with concerns about a child or young person should contact 01546 605517.