Keeping Moray’s children safe during lockdown
With schools continuing with remote learning into at least the middle of February residents in Moray are being reminded to keep an eye out for each other, particularly families who may be struggling to cope with this lockdown.
Many families across Moray face new challenges and stresses, and some children may experience abuse or neglect.
Samara Shah, Independent Chair of the Moray Child Protection Committee reminds everyone to do their bit to help keep children and young people safe from harm.
“We should all be alert to signs that all is not well for a child or young person and to take action if we’re worried about a child’s wellbeing during this current phase of the pandemic.
“The role of the community to use their ears and eyes to help keep children safe from harm is particularly important when most children are not in the usual routine of school or nursery. I’d repeat our mantra that it’s always better to say something than do nothing.”
The social work team at Moray Council is available on 01343 554370 or 03457 565656 if it’s out of usual office hours. 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.
If you are a child and are you worried about something or don't feel safe, and not sure what to do, there are lots of people who can help and support you. You could talk to someone in your family who you trust, or to a teacher, a social worker, the Police, or you could call Childline on 0800 11 11. There’s lots of information and advice on the Childline website too www.childline.org.uk.