What Getting it Right for Every Child means:
For children, young people and their families:
- They understand what is happening and why
- They have been listened to carefully and their wishes have been heard and understood
- They will feel confident about the help they are getting
- They are appropriately involved in discussions and decisions that affect them
- They can rely on appropriate help being available as soon as possible
- They will have experienced a more streamlined and co-ordinated response from practitioners
WORRIED ABOUT A CHILD?
Protecting children is the responsibility of every member of the community, not just child protection services. Remember – if you suspect abuse, do not rely on someone else to notice.
If you would like to speak to someone, seek help or pass on information or concerns:
Social Work –
Monday to Friday during office hours contact your Children & Families local Social Work Office
Evenings & Weekends call the Out of Hours Service on 03456 08 12 06
Emergency 999 Non Emergency 101
Do not worry about being wrong: you may only know one part of the story. Other people may know more and your action could be the key to ending a child’s suffering. Signs of abuse can range from poor personal hygiene and hunger to unexplained injuries or self-harm. If a young person tells you they are being abused:
- stay calm and listen to them
- never promise to keep it a secret – tell them you must let someone else know
- remind them that they are not to blame and are doing the right thing
- report it, but leave any investigation to child protection agencies
Protecting Aberdeenshire’s children is everyone’s business.