Council highlights importance of child protection

Scottish Borders Child Protection Committee

Published: Thursday, 20th December 2018

The Child Protection Committee's annual report 2017/18 has been endorsed, which confirms that protecting vulnerable children remains a high priority for the Council and its partners.

The report also highlights its commitment to ensuring the protection of children and young people across the region.

Referrals to the child protection register

The number of referrals received between August 2017 and July 2018 was 601, which resulted in 75 children and young people being added to the child protection register because of concerns about their safety. A further 64 children were taken off the register because action had been taken to make them safer leaving 50 children registered at the year end.

Michael Batty, Scottish Borders Child Protection Committee Independent Chair

“We are committed to ensuring that all children in the Scottish Borders have the right to grow up safe from abuse and neglect. As detailed in our report, we have been working continuously over the past year, along with our partners, to achieve this.

“Every referral is fully investigated and appropriate support or interventions will be put in place, depending on each family’s individual needs. In the majority of cases, professionals working alongside the family help them to make positive changes and far fewer children require statutory intervention as a result.

“We also remain dedicated to expanding our ability to prevent and detect abuse at every possible opportunity. We continue to examine our processes and practices to make sure that professionals have the training and knowledge to deliver the support that children, young people and families need, and we are working with colleagues across the country through our national body, Child Protection Committees Scotland.

"Just one example of our recent activity is the very good work that is currently being undertaken by young people at Galashiels Academy, with support from the Committee, to get the message out to their peer group about the dangers of grooming on the internet”. 

Child protection is everyone's responsibility

Anyone who is concerned that they or someone they know is at risk of harm should seek advice as a matter of priority. This could be by speaking to a social worker, health professional or the police.

  • Children and Families Social Work Duty Team: 01896 662787
  • Emergency Duty Team - out of office hours: 01896 752111
  • Information is also available online

Read the Child Protection Committee's Annual Report