Child protection

It's everyone’s responsibility to protect children. If you think a child is being harmed or is at risk of harm, it’s important that you tell us so we can help. Your actions may help us keep a child safe from harm. If you have any concerns about a child, please tell us.

All children and young people have the right to be protected and to be kept safe from harm caused by others. Most children within our communities will grow up in a safe and loving environment. However, some do not. These children may need extra help from adults to make sure that they are kept safe.

View our child protection procedures.

Report your concerns

To make sure the child you are concerned about gets the help they need quickly, phone us:

  • during office hours: 01896 662787
  • out of office hours: 01896 752111

Emergency contact

If you consider a child or young person is in immediate danger, phone the Police on 999 without delay.

Change in the law

The Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019 changed the law and removed the ‘reasonable chastisement’ defence from Saturday 7 November 2020.

This means that all forms of physical punishment of children will be against the law in Scotland, and children will have with the same legal protection from assault as adults.

Further information on the Act is also available from the Scottish Government alongside materials available to download specifically for children and adults.

Report terrorism and extremism

If you are worried that someone you know might be at risk of getting involved in terrorism, don’t rely on others to report it.

Please report any concerns you have about anyone, adult or child, who you think may be vulnerable to being drawn into extremism.

Find your local social work office Read Child Protection procedures

Emergency out of office hours

Address: Council Headquarters
Newtown St. Boswells

Telephone: 01896 752111