A one stop shop for all things Child Protection related is available as the Comhairle have overhauled the information and advice on its website.
“The information has been available on the website, but we wanted to bring it altogether in one easily accessible place and revitalise what was already there. We’re really happy how it’s turned out,” said Comhairle Child Protection Co-ordinator and Development Officer Gordon McKay.
Indeed, once you locate the section on the council’s website (http://www.cne-siar.gov.uk|www.cne-siar.gov.uk|Click to visit}), everything children, young people, parents and carers could need to find out about is readily available.
Opening up the Western Isles Child Protection page, and at the click of a mouse button there are a plethora of topics and links to browse, or find out what you are looking for specifically.
‘Information for Children and Young People’ contains advice including being safe whilst online surfing or social networking, as well as Children and Young People’s Rights.
Parents and Carers can find out how to help tackle subjects like bullying and online chat, alongside information about Children’s Hearings and Cyber Mentors amongst other things.
The site also holds Information for Practitioners, as well as what to do if you have concerns about a child, current training opportunities available and a ‘What’s New’ section with up-to-date news.
The Child Protection department are not finished yet however as Mr McKay expanded: “The next part of the plan is to consult with our young people on what they think about the site and anything we can do to make it more interactive or appealing to young people. We’ve started off the redevelopment of the site, but we now want our young people to help re-shape it into the future.”
To check out the new Child Protection info, scroll down to the ‘Features’ section of the Comhairle website homepage, then hit the arrow to move to the ‘Child Protection Committee’ and ‘Read More’.