Explain ways to respond to abuse It is important that if you find out a child is being abused that you respond in the best possible way to help the child. One of the most important things to do is to make sure the child knows that you will have to tell someone before they start to tell you what the problem is. I would do this so that the child is aware of the fact that will need to tell someone. The child could become very upset if they thought you wouldn’t tell anyone and you did.
Another important thing to do is to make sure you pass on the information about the child to a manager or child protection officer, someone who is trained to deal with this situation in the best way. This is important because a serious issue like abuse needs to be dealt with by professionals who know exactly what to do. Trying to deal with the problem yourself, especially if you haven’t had the correct training, could put the child at risk even more.
It is also important to make sure that you log the cause for concern via the policies and procedures that are in place in the setting where the child is. This is important because there needs to be a record of the cause for concern about the child in case it is needed for future reference and it is important that you follow the policies and procedures that are in place to deal with the problem in the best possible way, in order to help the child. It is very important to react appropriately to what the child is saying.
If you act shocked or worried, it could make the child even worse and more scared. Also if you say that what the Childs parents are doing is disgusting and wrong then it could upset or offend the child because it is still their family, even if they are being abused by them. The child may not know any different or that it is wrong. It is also important that you listen carefully to what the child says to show that you are interested and want to help and to get as much detailed information as possible in order to the best you can for the child.
Open questions will also allow you to get more information about the child and what is going on. It is important to listen well so that you can remember as much detail as possible about the child. Ensuring that there is another member of staff present when dealing with the child, if possible is important. This is to protect yourself against any accusations that the child could make against you if you were on your on with the child. Having another member of staff present is important to make sure you have covered yourself and will be etter for the child to have two people helping them who are aware of what the child is going through. Keeping a record of the conversation you have had with the child is important in case it needs to be referred back to in the future. It is important that it is typed up and stored in a safe place as it is very serious and private information that could be dangerous in the wrong hands. It is also important that you don’t start writing what the child has said until after the conversation as it will look like you are not interested in what the child is saying.
Making short bullet pointed notes is the best thing to do to ensure you remember what was said. Another important thing is to make sure you don’t pressure and probe the child with lots of questions. I would make sure I wouldn’t do this because it could overwhelm the child and they may not want to speak at all if they are asked too much at once. I would ask them a few basic questions to get the information I needed but nothing else, in order to make the child feel as comfortable as possible.
The final thing that it important to do when responding to abuse is to keep professional when dealing with the problem. It is important that you don’t tell anyone who doesn’t need to know as this could put the child and their parents at risk. If the child’s parents found out that people were suspicious of them being abused, it could put the child in more danger at home if they believe the child has told someone. Abuse is a serious matter that should be dealt with in a professional way in order to give the child the best help and support they need.