We all have a duty to protect children, whether we are professionals or private individuals. If you think a child is being or is at risk of being abused or neglected, speak to:

  • Intake and Assessment Team
  • the Emergency Social Care Service by calling 0800 731 6969 (freephone) at any time outwith normal office hours (Mon-Thu 5pm-8:30am, weekends from Friday 3:55pm-8:30am)
  • the Police by calling 101 (or in an emergency 999)
  • a member of staff at the child’s school
  • any health professional.

Public Protection

East and Midlothian have a joint Public Protection Committee and a co-located public protection office in Musselburgh.

The East and Midlothian Public Protection Committee (EMPPC) is the key group dealing with public protection matters across East and Midlothian and includes representatives from the key public protection agencies (Social Work, Police, NHS Lothian, Education, 3rd sector, Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration, Housing etc).

Download a copy of the Inter-agency Child Protection Procedures for Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Find out more on the East Lothian and Midlothian public protection committee website.