Author­ity urges vig­i­lance over child pro­tec­tion

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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