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P4- Explain appropriate responses when child maltreatment or abuse is suspected.

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A.Smikle Omi Chowdhury Unit 10- Caring for children and young people P4- Explain appropriate responses when child maltreatment or abuse is suspected. There are several appropriate responses that you should have when you believe a child is abused or facing maltreatment. Always listen and observe the children as it is like putting a jigsaw puzzle as all information should be carefully considered. You should always look out for physical, poor interaction with parents of carers. Things that may be said by the child: ?Mummy hit me? ?Daddy touched me? ?Daddy did this?and told me not to tell anyone or he will hurt me? ?my uncle did?? ?My aunt pulled my hair? If you believe that you should suspect maltreatment, ask for explanations from both, child (depending if the child is of developmental stage) ...read more.


Take the child seriously. If you do not take the child seriously this may put the child off from telling you what is really going on at home and he/ she will end up laughing it off. Always remain calm and listen to the child openly. Be supportive, and use simple language that the child will understand, do not teach her/ him new words or sentences as this will only end up pushing the child?s imagination and may even end up stating facts that are just made up. Try not to ask ?why? as this will only weaken your case. ...read more.


At this stage the professional should consider what to do next depending on the level of concern. You can look for features of maltreatment within the child or young person?s history and appearance also take in to account the interaction and bond between the child and their parents or carers. If you are not sure, you can take this up with a more experienced health care professional?s such as: teachers, nurses, social workers Lastly, using a professional judgement you should conclude your findings to assess the child?s maltreatment If maltreatment is disclosed or reported by a child, you as a professional have to ensure that the child understands the need to discuss this in private. (http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/pdf/CG89FullGuideline.pdf) Accessed 28/06/2012 ...read more.

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