It is accepted that in all forms of abuse there are elements of emotional abuse, and that some children are subjected to more than one form of abuse at any time. These four definitions do not minimise other forms of maltreatment. Recent guidance notes other sources of stress for children and families, such as social exclusion, domestic violence, the mental illness of a parent or carer, or drug and alcohol misuse.
The following signs may or may not be indicators that abuse has taken place, but the possibility should be considered. Changes in behaviour which can also indicate physical abuse: The physical signs of emotional abuse may include;.
Changes in behaviour which can also indicate emotional abuse include: The physical signs of sexual abuse may include: Changes in behaviour which can also indicate sexual abuse include: The physical signs of neglect may include: Changes in behaviour which can also indicate neglect include: The role of the designated person is to: The designated person has been nominated by South East Community Music to refer allegations or suspicions of neglect or abuse to the statutory authorities.
In the absence of Chris Leeds the matter should be brought to the attention of Kate Atkinson. Suspicions will not be discussed with anyone other than those nominated above. It is the right of any individual to make direct referrals to the child protection agencies. If for any reason you believe that the nominated persons have not responded appropriately to your concerns, then it is up to you to contact the child protection agencies directly.
If a child has a symptom of physical injury or neglect the designated person will: In the event of allegations or suspicions of sexual abuse the designated person will: Responding to a child making an allegation of abuse. Make notes as soon as possible ideally within 1 hour of being told you should write down exactly what the child has said and what you said in reply and what was happening immediately before being told i. All hand written notes should be kept securely.
You should report your discussion with the designated person as soon as possible. If both are implicated report to Social Services. You should under no circumstances discuss your suspicions or allegations with anyone other than those nominated above. After a child has disclosed abuse the designated persons should carefully consider whether or not it is safe for a child to return home to potentially abusive situation. On these rare occasions it may be necessary to take immediate action to contact Social Services to discuss putting safety measures into effect.
In recruiting and appointing workers South East Community Music will be responsible for the following: Your policy needs to state your commitment to anti-discriminatory practice and should explicitly recognise the additional needs of children from minority ethnic groups and disabled children and the barriers they may face, especially around communication. Be clear about who the policy applies to.
It should cover all children under 18 but does it apply to all adults in the organisation? Should it just be staff and volunteers who work directly with children? What about those who have occasional contact with children such as a caretaker? Once your organisation has an agreed policy, there should be a plan of action to make sure all adults and children are aware of, understand and can access the safeguarding policy.
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How to set out an organisational approach to protecting children Children have the right to be protected from harm so it is important that any organisation or group that works with children or young people has a clear set of guidelines about how they will keep children safe and respond to child protection concerns. What is a safeguarding policy? Example safeguarding policy A template policy you can tailor according to the context of your organisation.
Things to consider What are the potential risks to children - who may pose a risk? How do you check people who work or volunteer for the organisation currently and new starters? What are the different ways someone might raise a concern? How should you respond to concerns or allegations of harm? How does this policy link up with other policies and procedures?
Should you provide training for staff and volunteers? How will you raise awareness for everyone involved with the organisation?
Practical tips Tailor your policy and procedures to suit the needs of your organisation. Use words and phrases that will mean the most to the group or community.
Writing a safeguarding policy Children have the right to be protected from harm so it is important that any organisation or group that works with children or young people has a clear set of guidelines about how they will keep children safe and to respond to child protection concerns.
When writing a child protection policy, it is useful to think about the ways that people in an organisation or group might raise a concern. For example, situations when: Writing organisational child protection policies and procedures.
A safeguarding or child protection policy is a statement that makes it clear what an organisation or group will do to keep children safe. It should include: a statement setting out the organisation's commitment to protecting all children. Writing a Child Protection Policy. The North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board (NYSCB) recommends that every organisation whose members come directly in contact with children have a Safeguarding Policy.
Welcome to the third and final post in our “Child Safety” series on the purpose, planning, writing and implementing of a Child Protection Policy (CPP).. Last week, in Part 2, we looked at the process of planning and creating your own personalized arlehxt.cf shared that all CPPs are unique and will look different for each organization. This guidance derives from the NSPCC Safeguarding Tool and will assist you to formulate a child protection policy for your organisation. Further advice and assistance can be obtained from Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service, NSPCC or Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board Co-ordinator.