EAST Renfrewshire’s child protection committee has launched specific guidance for community groups in a bid to keep local children happy, healthy and free from harm.
The advice includes indicators of concern for a child, what to do next and the dos and don’ts of listening to young people, as well as guidance on social media and photography.
Councillor Alan Lafferty, East Renfrewshire council’s convener for social work and health, explained: “Keeping children safe from harm depends on the knowledge, skills and confidence of those who work with children and families.
“The launch of this document offers all groups who hold activities for children and young people in our communities revised child protection guidance.
“It will help to ensure that children and young people are safe and protected from harm or abuse while undertaking activities that encourage them to develop and grow.”
For a copy of the new guide book, visit www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/ercpc or call 577 3381.
Meanwhile, anyone concerned that a child they know may be suffering abuse or neglect should call 577 8300/4000 in confidence.
The same service can be reached out of hours on 0800 811 505, or to contact your local police station, call 101.