Useful links for parents and carers

This page contains links to other organisations and websites which parents and carers may find useful.

Websites
Aberlour Child Care Trust
This organisation helps Scotland's most vulnerable young people and their families who need additional help, including children whose lives are affected by parental drug and alcohol dependency, young people who have social, educational and behavioural difficulties, children and young people who run away from home and are exposed to risk of harm and children and young people who have a disability.
Action for Children
Action for Children supports and speaks out for the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people in the UK.
Barnardos
Barnardos is a voluntary organisation which supports children and young people's right to be free from poverty, abuse and discrimination.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre is part of the UK police and is dedicated to protecting children from sexual abuse.  There is also an area where people can report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.
Child Protection in Sport
The Child Protection in Sport Service offers advice, training and resources to keep children safe when taking part in sporting activities.
Childline
Childline is a free and confidential counselling service for children and young people who are experiencing problems.  You can contact Childline about anything - no problem is too big or too small.
Childnet (Know It All)
An extensive range for education resources designed to educate parents, teachers and young people about the safe and positive use of the internet.
Children 1st
Children 1st supports families under stress, protects children from harm and neglect, helps children recover from abuse and promotes children's rights and interests.
Citizens Advice Scotland
Provides information and advice on your rights and available services.
Crime Stoppers
People and communities have the right to live without crime or the fear of crime.  Crimestoppers offers an anonymous method of passing information to the police.  If you know of any criminal activity, ring 0800 555 111 and pass on the information.
Cyber Mentors
Cyber-mentors is a peer support programme where young people help and support each other online.

"If you're being bullied, or are feeling a bit low, or are maybe troubled by something and you're not sure what to do or who to talk to, then Cyber-mentors is where you can go for help.  It doesn't matter how big or small you think the problem is, or whether you're being targeted online or offline, Cyber-mentors is here to listen and support you".
Drink Smarter: Every drink adds up to more than you think
Drink Smarter highlights the dangers of alcohol misuse and highlights how harmful alcohol is.
Internet Watch Foundation
The UK hotline where the public and professionals can report their inadvertent exposure to illegal online content.
NHS 24
Up-to-date health information and self care advice for people in Scotland.
Parentline Scotland
Information and advice for parents and carers to help support them to care for their children.
Respect Me
Scotland's Anti-Bullying Service provides practical advice and guidance for children, young people, parents and practitioners on dealing with bullying.
icon Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents - The Good Egg Guide to Keeping Your Child Safe at Home [3Mb]
This booklet highlights the most common causes of injury to children in the home, with common sense advice on the simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of accidents and make your home as child-safe as possible.
Scottish Child Law Centre
Helps children and and young people, their families and carers, and professionals working for and with children by providing free expert legal advice and information through our advice line, email and text services.
Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA)
Information on the work of SCRA which focuses on children most at risk.
Scottish Women's Aid
Scottish Women's Aid is the lead organisation in Scotland working towards the prevention of domestic abuse.
Shelter Scotland
Shelter is a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing.  We do this by giving advice, information and advocacy to people in housing need.
Social Services Knowledge Scotland
Social Services Knowledge Scotland website is a gateway to high quality information and learning resources.
Police Scotland
Child protection information.
Thinkuknow
Practical advice for children, young people and parents when using the internet and mobile phones.
Who Cares Scotland
A voluntary organisation working with and for children and young people in care.
icon Women's Support Project Booklet - Grooming [1Mb]
'Grooming' is the behaviours used by predators to target and prepare Children and Young People for sexual abuse and exploitation.  One of the problems for professionals and parents is that the signs that a person is grooming a child may be subtle and difficult to recognise.
icon Women's Support Project Booklet - Pornification [2Mb]
Pornification, sometimes referred to as pornographication or 'raunch culture' is the increasing distribution and acceptance of pornography as well as the fragmenting and blurring of pornography and pornographic imagery into popular culture.
icon Women's Support Project Booklet - Sexting [1Mb] 
Sexting is sending sexually explicit messages via mobile phone, email, web chat, social networking sites, Bluetooth or instant messenger.
icon Women's Support Project Booklet - Sexualisation [2Mb] 
Teach girls to value themselves for who they are, rather than how they look.  Teach boys to value girls as friends, sisters and girlfriends, rather than as sexual objects.
icon Women's Support Project Booklet - Sexual Exploitation [2Mb] 
The sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 is a form of child sexual abuse.
UK Safer Internet Centre
Provides the latest advice on how to use the internet and new technologies safely and responsibly. Also lists a range of practical resources, news and events focussing on the safe and responsible use of the internet and new technologies

Contact details

Child Protection

Child Protection and Duty Team, Lewis Place , Perth, PH1 3BD
Tel 01738 476768