Keeping Moray kids safe at Christmas
As the school term ends and the festive season approaches, Moray's Child Protection Committee is encouraging everyone to keep eyes and ears open for children who may be experiencing harm over the holidays.
Coping with the pandemic has been challenging for everyone, but some families will have been under more strain than others. Parents who were struggling to cope before Coronavirus may have been pushed to crisis point during this year, and the festive season can put some families under even more pressure. Sadly, some children and young people will experience neglect or abuse.
As restrictions ease over Christmas, everyone in Moray can be alert to signs that all is not well for a child or young person. Samara Shah, Independent Chair of the Moray Child Protection Committee encourages everyone to do their bit to help keep children and young people safe from harm.
“If you see or hear something that’s not right, or spot unusual behaviour from a child, talk to someone about your concerns - child protection services are always available, even at Christmas. Don’t wait if you are worried about a child, you can always get help from the social work team at Moray Council or the police. It’s always better to say something than do nothing.”
Whether you’re a child who needs help, a parent who is looking for support, or an adult who is concerned about a child’s wellbeing, there is always someone you can talk to, even at Christmas and New Year.
The out-of-hours social work team at Moray Council is available on 03457 565656. If you're very worried about a child you should call Police Scotland on 101, or if a child is in immediate danger please call 999.