How To Safeguard And Protect Children From Harm

Topics: Abuse, Bullying, Self-esteem Pages: 5 (455 words) Published: May 16, 2015
How to safeguard and protect
children from harm.

Actions to take to evidence or concerns that a
child/ young person has been abused in any way
Signs & Symptoms of Physical abuse.
 Unexplained bruises.
 Unexplained recurrent injuries or
burns or scalds.
 Wearing clothes to cover injuries,
even in hot weather.
 Refusal to undress for games.
 Bald patches of hair
 Repeated running away.
 Fear of medical examination.
 Aggression towards self and
others.
 Fear of physical contact –
shrinking back if approached or
touched.

Actions to take if evidence is seen.
Ask the child directly how they
obtained their injuries and ask them
to tell you the full story, if the story
rings alarm bells then alert your
manager and take the right course of
action, which will be making a note
of what the child has said to you,
then discussing it with their parent
at the earliest possible convenience,
then if the markings/ injuries persist,
alert the manager again and involve
other safeguarding agencies for
example CAF to get to the bottom of
the injuries the child is sustaining .

Actions to take to evidence or concerns that a
child/ young person has been abused in any way
Signs and Symptoms:- Emotional abuse


Delayed development



Sudden speech problems such as
stammering



Low self esteem



Fear of new situations



Neurotic behaviour (rocking, hair
twisting, self mutilation.)



Extremes of withdrawal and
aggression

Action to take if evidence is seen
If this sort of behaviour is seen
especially if the child is especially
outgoing and normally happy, then
you would have a one to one with
the child asking them if anything is
bothering them and if they say that
a family member is hurting their
feelings (to a great extent) then you
would reassure them that
everything will be okay. You would
then consult the manager for an
action plan you would take to
ensure the child is safe and keeps
out of danger.

Actions to take to evidence or concerns that a child/ young person has been abused in any way
Signs and symptoms Neglect











Constant hunger
Poor personal hygiene
Constant tiredness
Poor state of clothing
Unusual thinness
Untreated medical
problems
No social relationships
Stealing food
Destructive tendencies

Action to take if evidence is seen
If I saw a child with any of these I
would confront the child and ask
some appropriate questions relating
to the problem, I would then speak
to the manager and put forward my
concerns and tell my manager that I
would like to speak to someone from
CAF to help me through the situation
and how to address it correctly and if
there was something they could do
to ensure I follow everything
correctly and to ensure the child is
safe from anything.

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