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Police, ambulance or fire

If you or someone you know is in danger, you can call the police, 24 hours a day, on 101.

If there is an emergency, just call 999, at any time.

If you or someone you know needs protection

Contact Orkney Health and Care Children and Families Services on 01856 873535
During normal office hours Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

In case of an emergency, out of office hours, contact 01856 888000

This will take you to The Balfour Hospital switchboard then you ask for the Emergency Social Worker.

Find out more on the Children and Families Social Work Service page.


You can talk to Childline about anything. No problem is too big or too small. Call them on 0800 1111 or chat to them online.


Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Call 116 123 or send them an email.