Understand safeguarding of children and young people
(for those working in the adult sector)
Working in the adult care sector does not exclude you from having contact with children or young people, aged from birth to 18 years of age. There are a number of ways that could connect you with these age groups but the most common will be that they are the children/grandchildren of a service user in your care. Any cause of concern or knowledge that a child or young person is receiving harm or neglect should be reported immediately. The Children Act 2004 is the basis for most offical administration considered helpful to children, notably bringing all local government functions of ...view middle of the document...
If you want to report it as anonymous the board will not disclose any information about yourself to any other party involved including the child or young person or their family. The local safeguarding board will make the decision within 24 hours of the referral on what action will be taken.
2.1 Possible signs, symptoms ,indicators and behaviours that may cause concern in the context of safeguarding are many, some of the most common possibilities are;
Unexplained bruising or fractures
Scalding on unexplainable parts of the body (back, buttocks)
Young Individual is unkempt or dirty
Cowering from contact
Self- harming, self -mutilation or attempts of suicide
Delayed development either physically or emotionally
Sudden speech disorders
Lack of confidence, fear of making mistakes, inability to take praise
Eating disorders, weight loss, continually being under weight
Drug and alcohol usage in adolescence
Children develop and mature at different rates. So what is worrying for a younger child, might be normal behaviour of an older child. If a child looks or acts a lot older or younger than their age, this could be cause for concern. However if a child develops more slowly than others of a similar age and there is not a cause such as physical or learning disabilities, it could be a sign they're being abused.The signs of chid abuse aren't always obvious, and a child might not tell anyone what's happening to them. Children might be scared that the abuser will find out, and worried that the abuse will get worse. Or they may think that there's no-one they can tell or that they won't be believed, sometimes children don't even realise that what's happening is abuse.
2.2 If a child or young person alleges abuse or harm to themselves to you, you should remain calm and show no emotion of anger, distress, hatred or disgust in your demeanour, as this will influence them and will ensure the child or young person shuts off all communication. The child has trusted your friendship and authority as paramount for them to be able to discuss this issue. The child or young person will be feeling ashamed, angry and confused amongst other emotions about the abuse and telling someone. Some points to consider when dealing with this situation are;
listen to the child