With the closure of schools and nurseries during the COVID-19 crisis, Falkirk Council is urging everyone to keep their eyes and ears open for children who may be at risk during this time.
We recognise the impact a significant change in day-to-day life may have on vulnerable children.
Schools and nurseries play a central role in contributing to the safety of all local children, especially those who may be at risk of abuse and neglect. When children are not at school we lose the ability to monitor their wellbeing on a daily basis, and we are making every effort possible to support those children and families who may need it during these demanding times.
However we stress the need for the public to join efforts to protect potentially vulnerable children during the Coronavirus outbreak. And we urge everyone to play a part to keep local children safe.
The onus of care has now shifted from schools to local communities and we’re asking everyone to keep their eyes and ears open. Local people always provide a significant protective factor for children and that’s even more important at a time when families may be under significant additional stress. If you’re at all worried about a child’s welfare it is much better to say something than do nothing.
We urge everyone to take action if they’re concerned about a child or children. If you’re worried don’t hesitate to contact the social work department on 01324 506070 during the day Monday to Friday or 01786 470500 after 5.00pm and at weekends.
If you are concerned a child is at immediate risk of harm call Police Scotland on 999