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Strategies and methods of supporting children where abuse is suspected.

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´╗┐Foster Health and social care Unit 10 P4, P5, M3 &D1 (P5) Describe appropriate responses where child abuse is suspected or confirmed, making reference to current legislation and policies. (P6) Identify strategies and methods of supporting children, young people and their families where abuse is suspected or confirmed. (M3) Explain strategies and methods to minimise the risk of young people where abuse is suspected or confirmed. (D2) Evaluate a range of strategies and methods to support children/young people and their families where abuse is suspected or confirmed. Case 1: sexual abuse Tracey is a four old girl, after providing an activity on ?assertiveness? and instructing the children the children to say ?no? Tracy discloses to you that an uncle who has been babysitting has been going to her bedroom on several accusations and has been fondling + touching her. She has told you not to tell anyone because she promised her uncle she would not tell anyone. ?If you tell he won?t buy me nice toys any more?. What aspects of this case concern you? The aspect that concerns us is sexual abuse. How would you respond to this child? The way we would respond to this child is just by, listening and reassuring her that she is in a safe place and there is nothing to worry about, after the child has finished discussing with me, I would take her over to the home corner and play a game with her or allow her to play with her friends, however I would act normal. What questions would you ask? We wouldn?t ask Tracey any questions, the reason for this is because Tracey already came to a member a member of staff and gave full disclosure of the situation at hand. As a staff the only question we can ask is what happened. What would you ask the parent? We wouldn?t ask the parent any questions, because we wouldn?t want Tracey to get in trouble, also we wouldn?t want Tracey?s parent to discus ...read more.

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We would respond to the child by asking him questions, e.g. where did you learn those words from/who did he hear the words from? Teaching him correct behaviour, and telling him not to repeat such behaviour again, that if he does he would have to face the consequences e.g. time out. What would you ask the parent? We would ask Dillon?s parents, has Dillon been having recent changes in his behaviour at home? In a situation like this we would not want to ask to much questions, as it may or could lead into Dillon getting into trouble at home and we would want to avoid that from happening. What would you do with all this information? With this information that we get from both Dillon and his Dillon?s parents, we would have to record it and store it in a safe place that would not be accessible to just any staff unless authorised e.g. social service. What step by step procedures would you take? Question Dillon to why he is behaving that way (record it), we would to discuss the matter with staffs and see if they notice any changes in Dillon behaviour, but we must be careful not to ask to many questions, in case too many staff suspect anything that is going on, have a meeting with Dillon parents, depending on the meeting/will see if there is any improvements, will do this by monitoring Dillon and if there is no improvements the we would have to contact social service. As we can see we have followed the steps of child protection very well, not only that but the private and confidentiality policy, so it is vital that we do not disclose anything that Dillon had told the staff or the specific language that he used to shout at the child. However just keep the information in a safe place as it could be useful in the future, in case there are no improvements, and social services would have to intervene. ...read more.

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Case 4: neglect Raj is a 6 month old baby, raj?s father has been bringing him to the nursery and for the past week there has been a problem with raj?s personal hygiene. He is constantly crying and needs comfort and has difficulties with settling he also has an erratic sleeping pattern. You have never seen raj?s mother. What aspects of this case concern you? The aspects of this case that concerns us is neglect and personal hygiene also his constant crying. How would you respond to the child? We would need to respond to Raj by giving him comfort and try and help giving him a sleeping pattern within the setting. What would you ask the parent? We would ask raj?s father, how are you handling being a new dad?, does raj drink breast milk?( we would ask this question, as it would help us to know if raj?s mother is around) if the answer is yes, we would then ask how is the mother handling the a new mum?, how is raj sleeping pattern at home?, because of our concerns with raj?s hygiene we would say, it is slightly difficult to bath babies, if you need assistant here is booklet, on techniques and easy ways. (We would also look at raj father appearance, checking if he looks neat and clean) What would you do with all this information? With the information that we get from raj?s father it would be recorded and kept in raj file which will then be kept in a safe cabinet, which anybody who is unauthorised would be able to view the file. What step by step procedures would you take? We would first of all discuss this with the staff, to see if they have also notice the signs, contact the parent, depending on the meeting, will monitor raj and see if there is any improvements. If there is no improvements we would have to contact social services, as it may also be that his father needs help. ...read more.

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