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How should Professionals respond to children that are suspected to be abused?

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Unit 10 Task 2 A Caring for children and young people BOOKLET ! ïJess Oram ï The Factors & why they would alert the staff in the settings. Physical= I would spot physical abuse by seeing physical marks on the child’s body, or by observing the way in which the child moves e.g. if they are usually athletic and today they are sitting hunched over holding their ribs, then it is likely that they are in some discomfort. The physical factors that may occur when a child is subject to abuse may be things like bruises, hand marks and scratches. Of course with most children they end up with scratched/bruised knees from playing football with their friends etc, but scratches/bruises on their middle body, arms and face would indicate that the injuries did not come from a sport or fun activity and possibly that they came from abuse (physical hitting).This would ring alarm bells and I would need to take further action- social services as the child may be in danger. Emotional= I would spot emotional abuse by observing the way a child/young person acts when put in public situations such as, when they are round their friends do they engage in social activities like they usually do or do they exclude themselves and withdraw from everyone around them. ...read more.

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If I suspected a child/young person of being abused it would be my responsibility to report it to social services. Along with emotional signs their may be physical signs such as hand marks on their arms where they have been held down to be sexually assaulted. Their could be rope burns on their wrists where they?ve been tied up in order to carry out a sexual act. Smaller signs could be things like the work they produce at school, for example if a young child was drawing penis?s in nursery then this would alert adults to think why does a young child know what a penis looks like in great detail- especially if it were an erect penis. How should Professionals respond to children that are suspected to be abused? The first and most important thing to do is find a safe and confidential way of asking the child what is really wrong if they are concerned. I would make sure two adults were present at this conversation to safeguard myself (as this stops any false allegations from occurring?).As a professional I would need to allow the child chance to talk, this includes their really exaggerated stories as I need to listen to all the information in which they have to express and to allow them to see I am interested in what they say and that I ?believe? them. ...read more.

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Resilience is a strategy that can be used to support children, young people and their families where abuse is suspected or confirmed. There are 6 stages to resilience. These are; *Secure base- allowing the child/young person to have consistent and dependable base from which to continue their lives e.g. their home, foster home, school etc. *Education- Doesn?t just mean school it also means education about what has happened to them, why it is not appropriate and what will happen next. *Friendships- We cannot force freindships on people, but it is important to be able to demonstrate and accept friendliness. *Talents and Interests- Everybody has worth. It is important to bring out and develop the areas in a persons life that they enjoy or are good at. *Positive values- Will often have been lost in a world where abuse might exist; these have to be reinstalled and developed. *Social competencies- Knowing how to behave appropriately in a social situation is vital, but may not be clearly understood for a child who has never been given these boundaries. An example of this is an adopted child who has always been given their food in an enclosed place when they were being abused, that when their adopted parents give them food at the family table they react by taking it into a cupboard and sit there in the dark. This is an example of social competencies. ...read more.

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