Child Protection by ewghwehws

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									    Protecting Children


“It’s Everyone’s Job to make Sure I’m
                 Alright”
  Key Learning Points

• Raise awareness what child abuse is and the five
  categories of abuse.
• Introduce signs and symptoms of child abuse.
• Be aware of how to respond to a child.
• Be aware of the procedures to be followed when abuse
  is suspected/identified
Why are we focused on Child Protection?

• The Council is committed to the
  protection of children and vulnerable
  adults.

• All employees have a responsibility to
  support this commitment
 The Children Scotland Act 1995

The needs of the child are paramount

 Each child has the right to protection from all
 forms of abuse, neglect or exploitation.


     R
 Number of Children on Child Protection Register

300

250

200
                                            City
150                                         Shire
                                            Moray
100
                                            Scotland
50

 0
      2002   2004      2006       2008
Children on Child Protection Register at 31st March 2008

  35
  30
  25
  20
                                                Total
  15                                            Male
  10                                            Female
   5
   0
       0-4     5 - 10    11 - 14 - 16
       yrs      yrs     13yrs   yrs
       % of Abuse by category by area


60

50

40                                      Emotional
                                        Physical
30
                                        Physical N
20                                      Sexual
                                        F to T
10

0
     City   Shire   Moray
 What is Child Abuse?

“ Children may be in need of protection
 where their basic needs are not being
 met, in a manner appropriate to their
 age and stage of development, and
 they will be at risk through avoidable
 acts of commission or omission.”

Protecting Children: A Shared Responsibility,
  1998
      Physical Injury                             Physical Neglect
     This is when a child is hurt              Basic need for food, warmth
    or injured . Includes hitting              Safety, education & medical
  Etc other ways of inflicting pain,                    attention
   Or injury eg toxic substances

                                                          Non-organic
                                                          Failure to thrive
   Sexual Abuse                  Child Abuse
                                                        Children who significantly
   Child is used sexually,
                                    Types                  fail to reach normal
Kissing, touching, intercourse                          developmental milestones
 Encouraging child to look at
         pornography
                                 Emotional Abuse
                          Denying love, affection, constantly
                     Threaten or humiliate, degrading punishments
                                    Rubbishing etc
        Physical                                Behavioural
       indicators                                indicators

• Frequently dirty, hungry or        • Inappropriate sexual awareness
  inadequately dressed               • Domestic violence in the home
• Left in unsafe situations or
   without medical attention         • Drug alcohol abuse in the home
• Constantly put down, insulted or   • Unexplained changes in
  sworn at.                            behaviour
• Seems afraid or parents /
  carers                             • Difficulty in making friends
• Unexplained bruising in soft       • Distrustful of adults
  tissue areas, black eyes,
  repeated injuries                  • Excessive attachment to adults
• Burns, scalds & bites              • Reluctance to go home
• Marks from implements
• Injuries to the mouth              • Reluctance to remove clothing
• Inconsistent stories about the     • Change in attendance pattern
  injuries
                              BUT
If you have a concern…….
 Any concerns about the well being of a child need to
be shared.

No matter how good we are at evaluating and assessing
matters to do with children we cannot evaluate and
assess potential risks as we only know a tiny part of the
whole picture.

We must share our concerns with the Child Protection
Co-ordinator at the school, (the Head Teacher or
Senior staff , Mentor)


 No single individual can protect children by acting
                        alone
                     (Safe and Well 2005)
Responding to the Child

• Stay calm.
• Listen.
 Do not promise to keep secrets.
 Reassure the child that they were not to
  blame and have done the right thing in
  telling you
 Do not ask questions
 Follow procedures
    What Exists to help you ?
•    Designated staff in each establishment
             Child Protection Coordinator
             Head Teacher
             Mentor

•    Training

•    Procedures “ Protecting Children and YP
                  in Aberdeenshire”
                   School Procedures
                  NESCPC Guidance
Factual, Accurate Timely
                    Signs of Physical Injury

                                     Behaviour &
                                     emotional state

                                         Comments

                                               Your Actions

                                               Sign and Date


   Making                                       Confidential
   Notes
      Responding to Child Protection Concerns


“ If a member of staff has any concerns relating to a child
At risk from any form of abuse, the following procedure
Must be followed “

“Protecting Children and Young People in Aberdeenshire”

• Hard copies issued to all establishments
• Can be accessed on

www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/parentscarers/childprotection.asp
      Responding to Child Protection Concerns
             Concerns about a child?


Possible concern about     Discuss with CP Coordinator, Mentor
         a child          Head Teacher Or senior member of staff




                           If concerns immediate
                             & you cannot make
                                   contact




             Observe , Record, Report
    What if I’m Wrong ?
•   You can only know what you know

•   Its everyone’s job to make sure I’m alright

•   Raise the concern with staff at the school

• Treat all children and young people with respect

•   Ensure your conduct is a good example to children

•   Protecting your relationship with a family or individual is never
    an option where there are child protection concerns. The welfare of
    the child is always paramount.

								
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