Campaign calls for vigilance against signs of “child abuse”

A NEW school holiday campaign urges everyone in Renfrewshire to be alert for any signs of child abuse or neglect during the summer months.

With the summer break for Renfrewshire schoolchildren kicking off this week, organizers of the For the Sake of the Children… campaign hope everyone in the area enjoys a lot of summer fun with the extended family and friends after months of pandemic restrictions.

However, John Paterson, chairman of the Renfrewshire Child Protection Committee (RCPC), reminds residents to remember that some children will have had a very difficult time in recent months.

He told The Gazette: “Most children and young people in Renfrewshire really look forward to spending sleepovers, day trips, stays and time with their grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins. And family friends during school holidays.

“Unfortunately, some of these children will have gone through a difficult time during the pandemic. It’s only now that we start to spend a lot of time with children that we have seen very little in the months of confinement, and only now can we notice or feel that something is wrong. ”

In the For the Sake of the Children… campaign, RCPC emphasizes that everyone can play a role in keeping children safe. Paying attention and noticing signs that a child has been abused or neglected is essential, as is taking steps to get support for this child (ren).

And John emphasizes that doing something is essential if you care about the well-being of a child during school vacations.

John said: “We are simply asking the people of Renfrewshire to be on the lookout for signs that harm has occurred. Children can take a long time to say anything if they have been abused or neglected, but you can listen carefully, watch for signs, or pay attention to signals that there is a problem.

“If your gut tells you something is wrong, it’s important not to ignore it. Raising your concerns can help prevent something worse from happening to a child you know.

“It’s always better to say something than to do nothing. You shouldn’t ignore the signs that something is wrong. Get help and support by contacting the Renfrewshire Council Social Work Department. Or, if you think a child is in immediate danger, call the police immediately.

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