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Child Protection

When someone contacts us with concerns about a child, we start our child protection inquiry process.

What is Child Abuse?

Child abuse is any action by another person, adult or child, that causes significant harm to a child. It can be physical, sexual or emotional, but can just as often be about lack of love, care and attention. We know that neglect, whatever form it takes, can be just as damaging to a child as physical abuse.

Report a concern about a child or young person

It's everyone's responsibility to ensure that children are safe. If you are worried that a child or young person may be at risk of harm then you should call 030 33 33 3001 and ask for the Social Work Access team.

Child Sexual Exploitation

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a crime of devastating and long-lasting consequences for its victims and their families. Childhoods and family life can be ruined, and this can be made worse when victims, or those at risk of abuse, do not receive the support they need.
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Violence Against Women and Girls

Women and girls often experience several forms of violence based on their gender including domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse in Dumfries and Galloway

Several local organisations and agencies are working together to tackle domestic abuse and violence against women and girls across the region.

Help for people living with domestic abuse

There are many local and national organisations that can help if you're suffering because of domestic abuse or other forms of violence.

Helping someone who is suffering domestic abuse

There are a number of things you can do to help someone else who is experiencing violence or abuse.
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Adult Support and Protection

Call 030 33 33 3001 and ask for the duty social worker if you or another adult you know is at risk of harm. Call 999 if it's an emergency.

Protecting Adults

Warning Signs - Adult Support and Protection

What Does Adult Abuse Look Like?

Harm is a deliberate injury or damage to someone, be it physically or psychologically.

Resources for Professionals - Adult Support and Protection

Policy and Guidance for Professionals
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Key Strategic Partnerships

Information on Supporting Communities

Community Justice Partnership

Just Communities: strengthening relationships, building resilience and reducing reoffending


The purpose of Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) is public protection and the reduction of serious harm.

Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (ADP)

ADP is a body made up of representatives from a wide range of partners across the region.

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway's Third Sector refers to organisations which provide services to the local community and improve their quality of life.
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