Renfrewshire South’s MSP is highlighting the importance of protecting vulnerable children during school holidays and encouraging his constituents to keep their ‘Eyes Open’ as term time ends and children and young people spend more time unsupervised.

Child Protection Committees (CPCScotland), a nation-wide group of child protection professionals, have launched the ‘Eyes Open’ campaign to encourage the general public to be watchful of children in their local area who may potentially be vulnerable.

The child protection collective believes that we are all responsible for child welfare in Scotland and should take an active role in protecting children, especially when there are obvious concerns for a young person’s well-being.

Encouraging anyone feeling unsettled to speak up rather than stay silent, Tom Arthur MSP said:

“For most children the summer holidays are a time for fun and a hard-earned break from school, but they are also a time when parents and carers can face increased stress, and in some cases children can experience an increased risk of harm, neglect, and disruption.

“I welcome this important campaign, led by Child Protection Committees Scotland, which will increase public awareness, as we all have a part to play in protecting children and keeping them safe from harm. I would urge my constituents to take an Eyes Open approach this summer and report anything you feel may put a child at risk.”

More information about the Eyes Open campaign is available here.

East Renfrewshire Child Protection Committee

Renfrewshire Child Protection Committee

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