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Under Pressure: Understanding Child Neglect

Published: Tuesday, 01 February 2022

South Lanarkshire Child Protection Committee are supporting CPCScotland Under Pressure: Understanding Child Neglect Campaign.

As we know it is hard work for all parents and carers to bring children up, and after a difficult couple of years, this winter has brought many more challenges meaning that families are under even more pressure.

Food, shelter and warmth, feeling safe and secure is essential for children to thrive. With food and fuel prices rise and Christmas repayments becoming due, as parents you might face real financial struggles and find it hard to provide your children with the basics. But if you are a parent or a carer who cannot find or afford childcare to let you go out to work, you might feel that you have got no choice but to leave your kids alone. It’s okay to ask for help and support.

Every child need’s love and affection too, but if you are a parent or carer who is having problems coping with your own mental or physical health, you might overlook your children’s emotional needs. Or if you did not have the best experiences yourself when you were growing up you might be finding it difficult to bring up your own kids. It’s okay to ask for help and support.

Whatever the reason if you are struggling to look after your children, it’s okay to ask for help and support. There are people and places who can offer you and your family a helping hand, and it’s always better to ask for help than let things get worse.

Talk to a friend, a neighbour or someone you trust or contact one of the national helplines noted below or one of your local community groups or organisations for support.


Parentline 08000 28 22 23

A helpline for parents which offers a helping hand for every family in Scotland.


Parent Club

A webpage offering advice and articles about all aspects of being a parent.


NSPCC Helpline 08000 28 22 33

A free helpline if you are concerned about a child, or if you are a parent or carer looking for advice.


Home-start Scotland

Home-Start Scotland have groups in many parts of the country and use trained volunteers to work with families from birth to school age, offering compassionate, confidential help for parents.


Local Resources

Social Work Resources 0303 123 1008

Police 101


For further information

Under Pressure - Child Protection Scotland