Clackmannanshire Council is working in partnership with parents, families and communities in offering Child Protection and family support services to enhance the opportunities of all children and young people.
We aim to help as soon as we can to ensure children are safe, nurtured and healthy. We work directly with children, young people, parents and families, providing a range of family support services including:
We have a legal duty to ensure that children are protected from abuse and neglect. Allegations and concerns relating to child abuse are investigated jointly by Social Services staff with Police Scotland.
Children can be abused in different ways. They could be physically injured, sexually abused, emotionally abused or neglected.
Children living in households where there is domestic abuse or substance misuse are also at risk.
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 The child may have unexplained bruising, or bruising in an unusual place, seem afraid, quiet or withdrawn, be afraid to go home, or seem hungry, tired or unkempt.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.
Physical punishment and discipline of children is against the law.
In line with the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019, all forms of physical punishment of children is against the law with children having the same legal protection from assault as adults.
More information can be found on the Scottish Government's website including factsheets for adults and children.
Useful information is also available for parents and carers on the Parent Club website.
If you wish to remain anonymous when you report a case of suspected child abuse, you can. However, it is helpful if you give your contact details as there might be further information you could give. The family will not be given your details unless you agree.
Any information about you will be treated with care. Any details, including your name, will not be revealed unless the child's safety requires it. Even if you do not give your name, enquiries can still be made into the child's care and welfare. However, withholding your name may make it more difficult for those looking into these concerns. Any information you give may need to be shared with other professionals to ensure appropriate action is taken to protect the child.
When you contact a professional about your concern that a child is being abused, unless the child is in immediate danger, they will make some initial enquiries before taking action. They will check whether the child is known to Services, such as Education, Health, Police and Social Service professionals.
All information will be treated seriously and acted upon. This may lead to immediate action or a more planned response.
Following enquiries professionals may, for example
You will be advised of the process in the case of suspect child abuse, but the outcome of an investigation will remain confidential.
Lead Officer Child Protection, Child Care
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 225000 / 450000