Glasgow City Council is now an official Child Safe Zone. The Child Safe Initiative was launched in August 2015 by GCC’s City Centre Regeneration in partnership with the City Centre Retail Association. The project provides a quick and effective response to ensure a lost child is reunited with their parent/guardian, as quickly as possible, should they become separated while visiting Glasgow City Centre.
The city centre can be especially busy during the school holidays so at the beginning of the Easter school break the City Centre Regeneration team set up an information area in both Central and Queen Street Stations to speak to the public about the initiative and to hand out some free wristbands and information leaflets explaining how the scheme works.
On the reverse of the colourful wristband, there is a blank space where visitors can write their mobile phone number, before attaching to the child’s wrist, allowing anyone finding a lost child to contact you directly and quickly to let you know that the child has safely been found. Alternatively, on the front of the wristband, there is a contact phone number which connects directly to the Glasgow Community Services Operation Centre allowing an immediate search of city centre CCTV to locate the lost child. There are also many window stickers around the city centre with this contact number.
There was a great deal of interest at both stations from many visitors and residents, including childminders, parents and grandparents, amongst others who all said the scheme was a fantastic idea!
A full list of locations of where you can pick up wristbands and more information on the initiative can be found on our website: http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/childsafezone