Fiona talks us through our responsibilities to the child in the community, what red flags to look for and what we can do about our concerns.
I am a Registered Mental Health Nurse. I specialised in adult addiction and the impact this has on children and young people. I have worked across both statutory and non-statutory agencies including Youth Justice and was the lead nurse for child protection across Glasgow city addiction services and then the Lead Officer for Glasgow Child Protection committee. My focus of keeping children safe from harm began over 20 years ago when I took on the role of working with children and families affected by substance misuse. I am currently a consultant in Child Protection with a children’s charity in Scotland and recently became a short-break foster carer and Independent Foster Panel Member.
Top 3 tips
- Do not be worried about getting it wrong, better to get it working than do nothing at all.
- Seek advice, do not feel you are one your own.
- Remember that children and young people need adults to keep them safe from harm and abuse. It is everyone job.
Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) https://www.gov.scot/policies/girfec/