Child protection

Child protection is everyone's responsibility

All children have a right to be protected from harm, especially from other people, and to grow up in a caring and safe environment.

All parents experience difficulties at times and can be helped by other family members or close friends. However, there may be times when a child can be at risk of significant harm and professional support needs to be provided.

What to do if you have concerns

If you see behaviour that is of concern, or if a child or young person tells you something, you need to take them seriously, do something about it, and speak to someone.

This could be a:

  • teacher
  • doctor
  • health visitor
  • social worker
  • police officer
  • nursery staff member

Emergency contact

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

Local office contacts

You can get advice or report a concern by contacting the local Integrated Children's Services office in which the child lives.

  • Berwickshire (covers Duns, Eyemouth, Greenlaw) - Tel: 01361 886115
  • Cheviot (covers Kelso, Jedburgh) - Tel: 01573 227421
  • Eildon (covers Galashiels, Selkirk, Lauder) - Tel: 01896 664158
  • Teviot and Liddesdale (covers Hawick, Newcastleton) - Tel: 01450 364777
  • Tweeddale (covers Peebles, Innerleithen) -Tel: 01721 726310

Out of hours contact

If you need advice, information or to report a concern out of office hours contact the Social Work Emergency Duty Team on 01896 752111.

Concerned about an adult?

If you are being harmed or you know about an adult who is being harmed, find out how to report this.

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