What is Child Protection?
All children and young people have the right to be cared for and protected from harm and to grow up in a safe environment where their rights and needs are respected.
Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states:
‘Parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and emotional measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child.’
In Fife, we support the ethos that “child protection is everyone’s job and everyone’s responsibility”. All professionals have a responsibility to respond appropriately and immediately if they believe a child is at risk from harm.
What should I do if I have a concern?
If you consider a child(ren) or young person to be in IMMEDIATE danger, DO NOT wait, call Police Scotland on 999. If you have a concern and the child is not in immediate danger you should contact the Social Work Contact Centre on 03451 551503 then press the star key on your phone or contact Police Scotland on 101. Using the star key will automatically fast track your call so it is dealt with as a priority by Customer Service Advisors or for Emergency Out of Hours call 03451 550099.
The Fife Child Concern Notification Form (NOCC), for use by all agencies in Fife, has been developed for recording and sharing written details of concerns with the Social Work Contact Centre after the initial phone contact.
Fife Child Protection Committee (CPC)
The Committee recently published the Fife Child Protection Committee Improvement Plan 2017-2020. The plan highlights 6 key themes that will be the focus for much of their work over the next 3 years.