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Spotting the Signs of Abuse and the Appropriate Responses.

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Task 3 ? Nicole spencer Antonia Unit 10 (P3) When a child has been suspected of maltreatment, there are many signs and symptoms that can lead to the suspicion of this abuse; there are three types of indicators which may cause this suspicion. The three types of indicators are; physical, behavioural and family/life risk Factors. Physical indicators When you suspect that a child is being maltreated, there are many things to look out for, such as unexplained injuries and emotional defences. When you think a child is being physically abused there are many things to look out for, such as unexplained injuries, one of these injuries could be bruising in unexpected places. When a child is young they are prone to bruising as there body isn?t as strong as adults, so it is easy for them to get bruises from playing and falling over when they are young. Most children get bruises so you have to know the difference between the bruises that they have made themselves, or ones that are more distinctive as abusiveness. Bruises that appear due to abuse are usually a lot bigger and more sorer than what a bruise from falling over would be. When a child is being abused, there bruises are more likely to be in hidden places, such as, under the armpits, backs of the legs, stomach and the back. ...read more.


family/life risk Factors When in school at a young age there should be a very distinctive bond between the child and its parents/guardians, if there is a lack of attachment between the two then the child is probably not getting the love/care that is needed from the parent or guardian. This is called neglect which is a form of abuse, so this is a factor that should be taken into account as the child may become emotionally scarred and may start to abusive to themselves and others. Substance misuse in homes can be very hard upon the children that are involved in the family. To recognise these symptoms can be very hard, but big indicators can be things such as, parents not picking up their children from school, children not turning up to school and the children?s clothes smelling of alcohol or drugs. When any of these symptoms become persistent, you should start to take action. (P4) Explain Appropriate Responses To Child Abuse/Maltreatment When you suspect that a child is being maltreated, the first step you should do is speak to the head of the school, or a deputy head, this is because you cannot accuse someone of abusing one of your pupils, so if you make a note of what is starting to make you concerned about this child?s welfare and bring it to a senior member or staff, we will get it reviewed and if the signs are strong that the child is getting abused, the head will take further action. ...read more.


Having a contract that states that a child?s records cannot be shared means that the child?s welfare is going to be safe and keeps the parents at ease knowing that their child?s records are not going to be shared with anyone that is not safe. The downfall to this is that you don?t know if a person that you are working with is going to ?change? and need take the child?s records and give them to someone that has been branded as un-safe Implementing Safe working practices- Everyone working with children and young people should be familiar with local procedures and protocols for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people. Adults have a duty to report any child protection or welfare concerns to a designated member of staff in their organisation and/or report any concerns to the local social care office. The vast majority of adults who work with children act professionally and aim to provide a safe and supportive environment which secures the well-being and very best outcomes for children and young people in their care. However, it is recognised that in this area of work tensions and misunderstandings can occur. It is here that the behaviour of adults can give rise to allegations of abuse being made against them. Allegations may be malicious or misplaced (D2) Justify responses Where Child Maltreatment or abuse is suspected or confirmed, referring to current legislation and policies. Solutions, Avec. (2010). Data Protection And Confidentiality Act. Available: http://www.lawcentreni.org/data-protection.html. Last accessed 13th December 2012. ...read more.

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