Fears of north abuse surge
Highland Council referred more abused youngsters to the children’s panel last year than any other local authority in the north and north-east.
The figures have emerged in a report by charity Children 1st, which supports vulnerable youngsters across Scotland.
The statistics from the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration annual report show that in Highland, 141 children were referred because they were victims of abuse – whether physical or sexual. Figures were also high for Argyll and Bute, where 114 children were referred, and in the Western Isles, where the figure was 34. Shetland Islands Council referred 22 and Orkney fewer than five.
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