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Identify the strategies and methods of supporting children, young people and their families where abuse is suspected or confirmed.

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Assignment 4: Identify the strategies and methods of supporting children, young people and their families where abuse is suspected or confirmed. (P6). Numerous reasons as to why a child is being abused or exploited, there are strategies that are used and put in practice to minimise risks of harm and abuse to children and aid them to understand they have a right to be safe, secure and free from harm. In order for investigations to occur on reported allegations, information must be passed on to relevant authorities such as police officers and social workers. But first after the abused child has disclosed to someone what has happened, information must be passed on to agencies and authorities, the child must be encouraged to talk about what has happened very sensitively but not made to do so if they don't want to. Short term support and long term support will be given to a child who has suffered abuse of some kind, whether it is short term or long term depends on the situation or action of abuse and the length it occurred for. For example if a child was punched once by his or her drunken father may need short term support but if a child was repeatedly beaten by his or her drunk every so often for two years may need long term support. ...read more.


An example of this is if a course was running at a local college of which a stressed out mother who feels she can not communicate with her daughter attends and finds out that she should take up a hobby which both the daughter and the mother attend and enjoy and in result they communicate better. Support for children and young people who disclose Support and protection will be provided to the child after he/she has disclosed what is happening by local authorities and agencies. The child must be sensitively encouraged to tell the truth and not pushed into it. In order for allegations to be investigated information must be passed on to authorities that are of relevance, for example social services or police officers. Empowering children and young people Strategies must be provided to children and young people in abusive and exploitative situations in order to empower them. Children must be made aware of by taught sessions that it is ok to say 'no' and identify what is appropriate and what isn't. Unconditional Acceptance for child/young person No matter what the child has disclosed, it is crucial they are accepted, they already will feel they are to blame in some way or another or feel they brought up the situation themselves due to their actions or behaviours. '' the term unconditional response is used to convey a message that whatever has happened, and in whatever way, that child or young person is a valued person without blame and will be supported and accepted whatever happens.'' ...read more.


This will reduce abuse because high self-esteem and confidence he or she will feel they are able to tell someone again if something was to happen other than previously staying quiet. Play therapy This is used to treat and diagnose children who have been through experience that are traumatic in their lives. With highly trained staff who have provide support in times of need are there with the children in a safe and secure environment of which the children let out their fears, concerns and express emotions. Counselling This is involved in all cases of abuse and is a crucial service. There are specific services provided by personnel that are specially trained for young children. The role of voluntary organisations In order to aid children and young people that are risk of abuse, numerous organisations and charities have been set up. This maybe the first step a individual suffering abuse takes or is aware of. Members of the public that aid in trying to prevent child abuse are present in campaigns run by the organisation NSPCC. Childline is another organisation that provides advice through the telephone for anyone seeking it. These organisations take up crucial roles authority support and those in abusive situations. An example of this maybe if a child was too scared to inform his / her families carers of abuse they are suffering or if they were the ones abusing their child, he/she can phone up child line which can then take appropriate action. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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