Child Protection

Child Protection in East Dunbartonshire is the responsibility of the East Dunbartonshire Child Protection Committee (EDCPC). It brings together the main agencies for the provision of services to children and their families, so that through working together, it can plan effectively for the protection of children. Membership of the EDCPC includes representatives from:

  • Social Work
  • Police
  • Health
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA)
  • Procurator Fiscal Department
  • Local Authority Legal Services
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Criminal Justice.

What is Child Abuse?

Children can be abused in different ways. They can be physically injured, abused sexually or emotionally abused. Neglect is another form of abuse, where a child is not properly fed, clothed or sheltered or kept clean.

What signs might indicate Child abuse?

Children who have been abused rarely tell, but there are signs which may make you worry that a child has been abused. The child may have unexplained bruising, or bruising in an unusual place, seem afraid, quiet or withdrawn, be afraid to go home, or seem hungry, tired or unkempt. You may be concerned if a child is left alone or unsupervised, has too much responsibility for their age, is acting in a sexually inappropriate way or is misusing drugs or alcohol. You may also see behaviour in an adult which makes you worry about any children they care for. For example, an adult may be acting violently or sexually towards a child, misusing drugs or alcohol while caring for a child or be verbally abusive towards a child. You should report this type of behaviour.

Contact Information

If you believe that a child is at immediate risk of significant harm, please contact Police Scotland on 999.

You can also discuss concerns about a child by contacting:

East Dunbartonshire's Advice and Response Team

0141 777 3000

Out of hours Social Work Standby Service

0300 343 1505.

Childline

0800 1111

Scottish Children's Reporters Administration

0131 244 8201

NSPCC

0800 800 5000

Police Scotland

101

 If you have any general queries about child protection or the Child Protection Committee, you can email us at cpc@eastdunbarton.gov.uk.

This email inbox is not constantly manned and concerns about a child must not be made to this address.