Child Protection Report Launched

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A new report on the work being done to protect children in Dundee – and outlining key priorities for the future – has been published.

The Dundee Child Protection Committee’s Annual Report and Delivery Plan aims to increase the public’s awareness and support of efforts to keep children and young people safe from harm in the city.

It also reveals a new appeal to the public – If Not You, Who? – which will be the key message of a forthcoming campaign informing people how they can raise concerns should they be worried about a child or young person in Dundee.

Committee independent chairperson Norma Ritchie said: “We all have a responsibility to recognise and actively consider potential risks to a child.

“I hope this report will help promote greater public awareness, understanding and support for the work we do as a Child Protection Committee.

“My thanks go to our partners for their continuing commitment to improving outcomes for children and young people identified as being at risk of harm.

“Dundee has a committed workforce who want to ensure that children, young people and families have the help they need to overcome the challenges of everyday life.”

The report gives a summary of the work done by agencies in Dundee, from investigations and case conferences to public awareness and engagement.

The committee and its partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors are focused on four key priorities - domestic abuse, substance misuse, child sexual abuse/exploitation and neglect.

By focusing on these priorities, the aim is to improve outcomes for children and young people identified as being at risk of significant harm. Targets have been set in each of these areas.

“Our partners are committed to preventing children and young people entering the child protection system. I am excited about the work that is being done in partnership with the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) to re-shape our working practices to address neglect across Dundee,” said Norma.

“The Child Protection Committee is also keen to work with families and communities as we know that it is important to engage with them and act upon what they tell us.

“This year will see the launch of a public information and awareness drive which will let the public know how to make contact with child protection services when they are worried about a child or young person.”

Children and Families Convener Gregor Murray said: “This report underlines Dundee’s collective commitment to get it right for every child, especially those who are most vulnerable.

“We all share the responsibility for making sure children and young people feel safe, nurtured and respected.

“As the report highlights, there is excellent work already being done in Dundee and a will to continuously improve how we protect children from harm.”

Community Safety and Public Protection Committee Convener Alan Ross added: “This report will raise awareness amongst the local community of the work being carried out in the city to help our children live safe and secure lives.

“I look forward to continuing our work with our key partners to deliver on the outcomes set out in the Delivery Plan.”

To see the full report, visit www.dundeeprotects.co.uk

Worried about a child in Dundee? Call Dundee’s Child Protection Line: 307999 Speak to us in confidence.

Child Protection Committees are locally based, inter-agency strategic partnerships responsible for the design, development, publication, distribution, dissemination, implementation and evaluation of child protection policy and practice across the public, private and wider third sectors in their locality and in partnership across Scotland.

Their role, through their respective local structures and memberships, is to provide individual and collective leadership and direction for the management of child protection services across Scotland.

They work in partnership with their respective Chief Officers’ Groups and the Scottish Government to take forward child protection policy and practice across Scotland.

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