Child protection

We believe our city and communities should be safe and nurturing places for our children, young people and their families to live together and feel loved. Families staying together is very important to Glasgow. To do this, sometimes families need help.

All children and young people have the right to feel safe and protected. It is everybody’s responsibility to keep children safe from harm. This includes parents and professionals, as well as family members, neighbours, and members of the public.

How do we keep children safe?

If there are worries that a child might have been harmed or may be at risk of harm, we will explore this to make sure the child or young person is well and safe. This will mean that we will talk to the child or young person about the worries and with other people who know the child or young person well. This is what we call an assessment, we will only share the information about the child or young person with the people who really need to know so that they can be kept safe.

If we have serious worries about the safety of a child or young person, we call this child protection. This means we will work with the child or young person and the people in their life to try and make things better and safer.

If the child or young person is deemed safe, there may be no need for further help from Social Work. However, they may need some additional help from someone else for example a school, health visitor, community resources and family support.

Find out more about Child Protection in Glasgow.

Information for children

If you are a child or young person and you need someone to talk to, you can contact the below trusted telephone lines:

Information about child protection

If you require further information about child protection, the leaflets below have been designed by children and the Glasgow Child Protection Committee: