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Safeguarding Update LEI Twilight Session 3 rd June 2014 Helen West – Education Safeguarding Manager

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Safeguarding Update. LEI Twilight Session 3 rd June 2014 Helen West – Education Safeguarding Manager. Aims. To outline the basic expectations of all professionals employed within the Directorate in regard to child protection - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Safeguarding UpdateLEI Twilight Session3rd June 2014Helen West Education Safeguarding Manager

AimsTo outline the basic expectations of all professionals employed within the Directorate in regard to child protectionTo enable staff to feel confident in understanding their own roles and responsibilities for safeguarding children.To provide staff with an overview of expected professional conduct and the safeguarding implications of a failure to adhere to such standardsWHAT IS CHILD ABUSENeglect Physical Abuse Sexual AbuseEmotional abuse3Neglect is an element of most abuse cases, neglect can be physical as in not feeding a child, emotional totally ignoring a childs emotional development needs

Physical and emotional can also include fabricated or induced illness

Sexual is about power and control, not just the sexual act. Non contact offences on the rise

Emotional abuse, often children display chronic low self esteem or worry irrationally of the opinion of parents NEGLECTSqualid or dangerous home conditionsChild left unsupervisedParents who dont respond to children health needsNot dressed for weatherPersistent hygiene issues

EMOTIONALChildren who self harm cut or scratch themselves deliberatelyChildren who run away from homeAnxious or withdrawn childrenLack of validation from caregiversPersistent negative perspective of the childPHYSICALHitting , shakingBruising ( especially in little babies )BurnsFabricated or induced illnessSEXUALUsually alerted via disclosureChildren having sexual knowledge that is not usual in the age groupIssues of normalising sexual language or behaviourEncouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways or forcing a child to sexually touch

Grooming behaviourGrooming by definition is not an aggressive processIt can happen to anyonePotential abusers are very skilled individuals have high level communication skills often have the appearance of acceptability / approvalRemember abusers are usually known to the abused (child)888Other circumstances to considerDomestic abuseChild sexual exploitationUnaccompanied Asylum Seeking / TraffickingMissing childrenForced Marriage / Female Genital Mutilation

9Neglect is an element of most abuse cases, neglect can be physical as in not feeding a child, emotional totally ignoring a childs emotional development needs

Physical and emotional can also include fabricated or induced illness

Sexual is about power and control, not just the sexual act. Non contact offences on the rise

Emotional abuse, often children display chronic low self esteem or worry irrationally of the opinion of parents Basic expectations of professionalsListen to the voice of the childInform the designate or senior staff member of your concern immediately Do not delayMake a written account of what you have witnessed or been told LISTEN SHARE - RECORDDo not confront an alleged abuserDo not worry you may been mistaken

How much information required?The childs view (where possible)As much as is relevant to the child and family in line with the DoH assessment framework Historical infoProfessional knowledgeWider family and contextCommunity & agency involvementProfessionals cannot remain anonymous unless there is a risk assessmnet to justify this

Date&Time

Significant Event Record factual observations(to include childs comments verbatim, clearly list the situation, task being undertaken at the time, how many others present and any environmental factors that contributed, others adults present, how was the incident/event concluded, comments made to the child)

Parent/CarerComments

Staff Member recording incident/event

Strictly Confidential- Significant Event Record to be secured with CP RecordsName :D.O.B :School : Significant Event Record factual observations(to include childs comments verbatim, clearly list the situation, task being undertaken at the time, how many others present and any environmental factors that contributed, others adults present, how was the incident/event concluded, comments made to the child)Childs Comments What did they actually say, quote their words, do not put asterix instead of swear/difficult words. If you cannot remember exact words do not use speech marks and state you are being approximate.Situation and task being undertaken Where was the incident, what was the child supposed to be doing, was this a usual task/situation for the child to be in, was this something the child would not have experienced before. Were clear instructions given to the child about the expected task/situation.

Others present How many other children were present, were any involved, what was their contribution to the incident.Environmental factors Was there anything about the childs physical surroundings that effected their behaviour?Other adults present Do you need to cross reference your account of the incident with anyone elses?Event/incident conclusion How did the matter end, what was the childs behaviour like at the end of and after the incidentAdults comments to the child What words were actually spoken to the child at the end of the incident/event

Not all items above will be relevant for all recordings, just be mindful of the headings and record information that is available, do not feel compelled to tick every box. Recording must be;Timely within the same working day, if child protection as soon as practically possible.Factual Do not record your opinion, imagine you are a video camera watching the incident, and write a narrative that is descriptive but not overly complicatedSafe recruitment and allegations against professionalsEverybody has a duty to report concerns about those working with children and young people. Whistle blowing policyChild Protection Policy/ProceduresSection 4.3 of the All Wales Child Protection Procedure Professional Abuse All professionals allegations MUST be reported to Social Services WITHOUT delay

Concerns about a professionalRecognise information as an allegationAll allegations MUST be reported to Children's ServicesInform Senior manager immediately Do not delayMake a written record of the information (Date time etc)Do not share the information with the person causing concernDo not attempt to investigateDo not judge the information you have been givenRequired actions in response to safeguarding concerns For Designated ProfessionalsImmediate welfare of the childRisk assessment around the professional to ensure immediate safeguards are in placeConsideration of Child Protection investigationConsideration of Criminal investigationOpportunity to investigate via employment lawCurrent data30 cases this academic year 10 of physical abuse restraint, over chastisement12 of those professional conduct including failure to reportExamples of incidents within personal life leading to concernDownloading child pornography, poor judgement in social media, contacting children outside of work, drug use, Domestic Abuse, physical violence, residing with a person of concern to children or Vulnerable AdultsRecent examplesFailure to reportGrabbing, pulling or gripping childrens clothesSitting on children (non appropriate restraint)Living with a known drug addict/dealerResiding with a sex offenderBreach of confidentialityFacebook/Social networking

Emerging Issues Inappropriate behaviour managementComplaints that contain safeguarding issuesLack of clarity in communications with other agenciesLack of ability/willingness to challengeChild pornography is a Child Protection concern

Facebook/Twitter/Whats AppWhat happens on-line will have repercussions in the real worldIf you state you represent the Council on line, then your conduct should be what is expected of a council employee, role model appropriate behaviourMembership of offensive or extremist groupsClear identification of your personal details(home, dates, family)Security settings only apply to you not your friendsBeing friends with parents or pupilsInappropriate images and language (alcohol, indecent, offensive)Commentary on your work could be a breach of confidentiality or breach code of conduct

Self ProtectionClear communication with all partiesRisk assessmentDocumented behaviour plansClear task planningRegular supervision discussions and reporting processesDo not make assumptions be explicitCommon senseSafeguarding children is the concern of everyone who works with children