All staff in educational establishments in South Lanarkshire Council are required to follow the advice and guidance contained in “South Lanarkshire Child Protection Interagency Guidance and Education Procedures”.
The shared vision for Lanarkshire’s children is: “all children and young people in Lanarkshire have the right to be cared for and protected from abuse and harm in a safe environment in which their rights are respected.” All agencies will work together in a collaborative way to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in Lanarkshire.
The Chief Officers and Child Protection Committees of North and South Lanarkshire Councils are the driving force for ensuring that agencies individually and collectively work to protect children and young people as effectively as possible.
The Council has a duty in law to report suspicions that a child has been abused or is at risk of harm, in terms of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995. Therefore, Council staff have a professional and contractual obligation to report concerns to the head of establishment or the child protection coordinator immediately.
Education Resources staff and visitors from other agencies and services are required to follow these Child Protection Procedures to protect and support children and to fulfil their professional obligations to report all allegations or suspicions of child abuse.
For more information, or if you have a concern of a child protection nature, please contact the head of the educational establishment which your child attends.
The Council has produced an information leaflet – ‘Stay Safe’ for parents/carers on how to help ensure their child is safe when using the internet and mobile devices.
Copies are available from the school or the SLC website: www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk.