Police hail child safety scheme a success

A SCOTLAND-wide scheme, aimed at Keeping Children Safe by keeping communities informed of those living among them who may pose a risk, has been hailed a success.

The scheme was introduced to all eight Scottish police forces, including Lothian and Borders Police, last year and now a year on, the partners involved are confident that the scheme is working - but keen to raise its profile even further.

Keeping Children Safe encourages members of the public to apply for information about an individual who has access to a child, if they are concerned that the individual poses a risk to a child’s safety and wellbeing.

The concerned members of the public will in many cases be reassured that the person is not known to the authorities but in some instances the information will be made available that they are on the sex offenders register, or recorded in some other way.

The number of applications since the scheme began stands at 258, with 64 of these related to registered sex offenders.

A total of 26 disclosures were made and most importantly a total of 55 child concern reports were submitted.

Some 28 applications are currently being considered (decision pending) and a total of 114 intelligence reports were submitted.

Assistant Chief Constable Iain Livingstone, ACPOS lead on public protection, said: “The scheme adds a new dimension to the efforts of every agency concerned in reducing the risk to children in our society.

“We are working closely with our partners in both the public and charity sectors to ensure that this scheme is as efficient and effective as possible.”