21 January 2008Add to My Folder
If you suspect a child in your school may be suffering abuse, our guide will help you to support them
What you need to know
- Everyone who comes into contact with children on a regular basis has a duty to safeguard and promote their welfare.
- Each school should have a copy of the local procedures set jointly by the LEA, health service and social services department. They are statutory and must be adhered to.
- Each school should have arranged staff training in child protection.
- It is up to each individual to make sure that they are aware of the child protection procedures in that school and the local education authority.
- Social services involvement has increased since the Children Act 1989 and you might have to work with a social worker, providing information about a child during a child protection enquiry or taking part in a multi-agency assessment.
- Social services can also provide you with general advice.
- If you are concerned that a child is being abused, you must refer these concerns to social services or police, usually through the head teacher, SENCO or the designated contact for child protection.
- Child abuse can take different forms: physical (as in marks, bruises and injuries), sexual (the child may have disclosed some information to you), emotional or neglect (perhaps the child is noticeably failing to thrive.
- Initial concerns might be what the child has said, unexplained bruises or marks which you notice during PE, inappropriate sexualised behaviour, or sexually- or violently-graphic artwork.
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