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The law and child safety

The law and child safety

In Scotland, the law says that parents must promote the general welfare, health and full development of their children and protect them from harm. Anyone who cares for a child is responsible for making sure they are safe and well at all times.

Generally,  a child is anyone who is under the age of 16, though young people who are 16-18 can also be covered by The Children (Scotland) Act when they require intervention to protect them, and/or Adult Protection legislation as appropriate. 

The law on children and young people in Scotland is based on principles that the child’s welfare always comes first, all children have a right to be protected from all forms of abuse, neglect or exploitation and parents should normally be responsible for bringing up their children.