Info for Mums & Carers

dreamstime_m_17311764-mother-and-babyIn Scotland, parents have a legal responsibility to promote the general welfare, health and full development of their children and protect them from harm.

Equally, anyone caring for children has a responsibility to ensure their safety and wellbeing at all times.

A child or young person means anyone under the age of 16.

At Inverness Women’s Aid we can provide support for you and your children on family issues, such as:

  • Identifying your current strengths and action positive changes to increase resilience and self-reliance now and in the future.
  • Work with you and your children if you move to Inverness from outwith the area to ensure good integration with local services and the community and increased visibility of vulnerable Children.
  • Support for you and your children to recover from specific trauma and re-establish independent living.
  • Support and information for you and your children on family court matters and procedures including advice on contact and child concern processes.
  • Provide refuge accommodation and safety, time to rebuild family bonds and time to re-establish independent living.

Inverness Women’s Aid is committed to the Highland Practice Model and Child Protection Guidelines. The support worker will explain the Highland Practice Model approach. We will offer support to Children/mothers who already have a multi-agency plan in place or where there are current child protection measures.

For more information and guidance visit: For Highlands Children

Tips for Keeping Your Child/ren Safe:

dreamstime_m_12721766mother-and-daughterIt is a sad fact that the majority of child abuse is carried out by people that children know rather than by strangers. These include parents and other family members as well as people who have become close friends of the family. Children seldom lie about being abused. If your child tells you that someone you love or trust has been abusing them ask the police to investigate. From January 2011 you will also be able to ask the police whether they hold any information that indicates that someone who has regular contact with your children, e.g. a new partner, is a known danger to children.

Living with domestic abuse can traumatise children and about a third of children living with violence are also abused, either deliberately or accidentally. There are things that you can do to reduce this risk.

Schools regularly offer parents the opportunity to attend sessions explaining the work that they do with children around keeping themselves safe. It is important that parents know what they can do to reinforce these messages.

 Particular projects are worth noting:

  • Safe Strong and Free – A programme for children in their pre-school year and their parents/carers
  • Highland e-safety – Be Safe and Keep Others Safe Online! Guidance for Parents and Carers

Other useful websites:

The impact of domestic abuse on children and young people –
http://www.scottishwomensaid.org.uk/sites/default/files/ImpactofdomesticabuseOnCYP.pdf

Scottish Children’s Law Centre http://www.sclc.org.uk/
Free legal advice for and about kids

Information disclosure about child sex offenders
Preventing abuse among children and young people
What we all need to know to protect our children