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Keep an eye on kids plea

Section:  Annan and Eskdale, Dumfries and West, Lockerbie and Lochmaben, Moffat

PEOPLE across the region are being encouraged to keep their eyes open for children at risk during the school holidays.

As schools this week sound the bell to mark the end of term, Child Protection Committees across Scotland say the general public can play an important role to keep children safe over the summer break.

The group believes that everyone is responsible for child welfare in Scotland and chairwoman Anne Houston said: “Children are about to be away from the usual school routine for a few weeks.

“For most local children this is a time of year filled with fun and free time, but for some families the summer holidays is a time of increased stress and pressure.

“In some cases, children are not supervised or cared for adequately, others might even experience serious neglect.”

By taking an ‘Eyes Open’ approach, Dumfries and Galloway’s own child protection committee hope that members of the public will take a more active, watchful role when it comes to protecting children.

Anyone who has concerns about a child or children can contact Dumfries and Galloway’s social work department or the police.

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