Unit 10 Dealing With Child Abuse - p3 and p4 and p5

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Unit 10

Caring for children and young people

P3- Explain the factors that would lead to suspicion of maltreatment or abuse.

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

P5- Explain the strategies and methods that can be used to support children, young people and their families where abuse is suspected or confirmed.

M3- Assess strategies and methods used to minimise the harm to children, young people and their families where abuse is confirmed.

D2- Justify responses where child maltreatment or abuse is suspected or confirmed referring to current legislations and policies

In this assignment I am a support assistant in a reception class and I will be explaining factors that would lead to maltreatment or abuse and appropriate responses when maltreatment or abuse is suspected which I will then explain strategies and methods in which will help or stop further harm or abuse to a child and young person and their families.

There are different types of abuse children or young people may go through as they are vulnerable and easy to target. These are the types of abuse that can likely occur; physical, emotional, sexual, intellectual, neglect and bullying.  As a support worker if a child is going through physical abuse, they will show signs of bruises, cuts, marks, etc. and this may also cause change in the child’s behaviour. This will lead to workers suspecting abuse as the child’s appearance and behaviour will change causing them to be violent towards others or depending on the child, they may isolate themselves which can be an effect of verbal and mental abuse, as well as neglect and bullying as all these types of abuse will cause the children to have low confidence.

Once abuse has been suspected there are different factors that will need to be carried out to ensure the safety of the child and young people. This will include informing the manger and writing a report on the observation carried out as well as contacting higher authority such as social service or the police.

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As a support worker there are policies and procedures you will need to follow to ensure the safety of a child when reporting abuse or maltreatment. If abuse or maltreatment has been suspected, as a professional you will need to remain professionals and calm at all times and you will need to inform the manager on your observation to give them awareness of the child’s situation. Depending on how severe the situation is the manager will then need to contact higher authority to ensure the situation is handled in the correct way following organisation policies and procedures. Social services ...

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