Specific risks in Child protection

If you work with children or parents, it’s important to be alert to a range of situations that can have an adverse impact on children and their wellbeing.

Some of these like domestic abuse or alcohol or drug misuse are quite frequently causes for concern. Workers may be less familiar with issues such as forced marriage or child trafficking and guidance is available to ensure you recognise warning signs and know what to do.

The Lanarkshire Guidance on working with Vulnerable Children and Young People covers a great many situations that can leave children more exposed to risk. Information on a range of other specific situations is given here, together with links to local guidance and resources where available.

The National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland Part 4 also provides a good overview of specific circumstances that leave children more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.