What to do if you are concerned about a child
It is everyone’s responsibility to protect children. All children have a right to grow up in a caring, safe environment.
There are different types of abuse:
- Physical Abuse – being hit, kicked or punched;
- Neglect – not being properly fed or clothed, poor hygiene;
- Sexual Abuse – inappropriate sexual behaviour or language;
- Emotional Abuse – constantly criticised, ignored or humiliated.
What might make you concerned
Children rarely tell if they are being abused. However, there may be signs which make you concerned and may be an indication of a child being abused or neglected.
The child may:
- Have unexplained bruising or bruising in an unusual place,
- Appear afraid, quiet or withdrawn,
- Appear afraid to go home,
- Appear hungry, tired of unkempt,
- Be left unattended or unsupervised,
- Have too much responsibility for their age,
- Be acting in a sexually inappropriate way,
- Be misusing drugs or alcohol.
The adult may:
- Be acting in a violent or sexual manner towards a child,
- Be misusing drugs or alcohol while caring for a child.
What to do if you are concerned
If you are concerned about a child, make sure you:
- ACT promptly,
- NOTE your concerns,
- VOICE your concerns and give as much information as you know about the child and family.
For further advice you can talk to staff at the Child Protection Unit on 0141 201 9225 or contact your local Social Work Department. Glasgow Social Work Department are now using one number – 0141 287 0556 Social Care Direct 9am – 5pm.
Child Protection Unit Staff
Marie Valente is Head of Child Protection Development in the unit; she has many years’ experience as a Senior Social Worker involved with Child Protection in a variety of settings.
Dr Jean Herbison is our Clinical Director is a Consultant Paediatrician based in Yorkhill hospital with specialist expertise in child protection. She leads a team of paediatricians who have a wealth of knowledge and clinical experience in this area.
Dr Kerry Milligan is a GP Specialist who is also part of the Child Protection team. Contact – 0141 201 9225.
There are currently eight Child Protection Advisors.
All the advisors are senior nurses with a background in health visiting.
Carol Bews – 0141 201 9225
Claire Keenan – 0141 201 9225
Liz Lamb – 0141 201 9225
Fiona Miller – 0141 201 9225
Phyllis Orenes – 0141 201 9225
Maryann Tanzilli – 0141 201 9225
Janice Thorn – 0141 201 9225
Child Protection library
- Child Protection Unit Newsletters
- GGC Child Protection Policies And Procedures
- GP Child Protection Bulletins
- National Child Protection Reports
- Significant Case Reviews Children
- Social Work Referral
- BMA Guidance Safeguarding Training (257.6 KiB)
- Child Protection Case Conference Report Writing For GPs (189.5 KiB)
- Child Protection- Children With Disability (4.5 MiB)
- GMC Child Protection Guidance (498.4 KiB)
- On The Move Flyer (439.4 KiB)
- Parenting Briefing GPs (391.8 KiB)
- Support To GPs In Child Protection - Final (148.0 KiB)