East Lothian Council Depute Chief Executive for Resources and People Services Alex McCrorie writes...

‘We believe that all children and young people have the right to be cared for and protected from harm and abuse and grow up in a safe environment, in which their rights are respected and their needs met. Their welfare is always paramount.

We believe that all children and young people have the right to be cared for and protected from harm and abuse and grow up in a safe environment, in which their rights are respected and their needs met.

Depute Chief Executive for Resources and People Services Alex McCrorie

‘In cases where child abuse has been alleged, we work closely with our partners in the police and the NHS to establish facts, assess risk and support the safety , welfare and rights of our children and young people. This responsibility extends to each and every child and young person in the county.

‘We work to the Inter-agency Child Protection Procedures for Edinburgh and the Lothians, which set out the procedures and processes to be followed by all services in dealing with child protection concerns. These procedures reflect our collective commitment to inter-agency collaboration and joint responsibility in this vitally important area of work. They are mandatory for all staff from all agencies.

‘We are also bound by the laws of evidence and data protection, which mean that we cannot discuss any case that is being currently being investigated or is going to the Children’s Reporter or court. I am sure that members of the public will understand why this is so important in ensuring fairness and securing appropriate outcomes for the children and young people involved.

‘We understand that parents and the wider community can become concerned if a child protection issue arises in their area and we are always keen to hear your concerns and address them where we can. In every case, we can reassure you that, although we may not be able to discuss issues, we always do our utmost to ensure the safety, welfare and rights of all our children and young people and the communities around them.’

Published: Thursday, 16th February 2017