|Procedure for children at possible risk|
BTBA Procedure for children at possible risk of abuse
This procedure applies to any paid member of staff or volunteer who may be concerned about the safety and protection of a child.
Purpose and aim of this procedure
We aim to ensure those children who receive the services of the BTBA, and any other children who may come to the attention of the BTBA, receive the protection and support they need if they are at risk of abuse.
This procedure provides clear direction to staff and volunteers at the BTBA if they have concerns that a child is in need of protection.
Different types of abuse
Physical abuse is violence causing injury or occurring regularly during childhood. It happens when:
In some cases the injuries will be caused deliberately. In others they may be accidental but caused by the child being knowingly put at risk.
Sexual abuse occurs when someone uses power or control to involve a child in sexual activity in order to gratify the abuser’s own sexual, emotional or financial needs or desires. It may include:
Emotional abuse is persistent or severe emotional ill-treatment of a child that is likely to cause serious harm to his/her development. It may include:
Neglect involves persistently failing to meet a child’s physical, psychological or emotional needs. It may include:
Ways that abuse might be brought to your attention
Talking to a child who has told you that he/she or another child is being abused
Helping a child in immediate danger or in need of emergency medical attention
A decision will need to be made about who should inform the child’s family and the local authority children’s social care department, and when they should be informed. If you have involved the police and/or the health services, they should be part of this decision. Consider the welfare of the child in your decision making as the highest priority.
Issues that will need to be taken into account are:
Once any immediate danger or emergency medical need has been dealt with, follow the steps set out in the flowchart at the end of this document.
Keeping a record of your concerns
Use the example reporting form in this toolbox to record the concern and how it is dealt with. The relevant sections of the form should be completed and signed at each stage of the procedure. It can be used to forward information to the statutory child protection authorities if a referral to them is needed.
The form should be signed and dated by all those involved in its completion and kept confidentially on the child’s file. The name of the person making the notes should be written alongside each entry.
Useful contact details
BTBA Contact: Mrs. Bernice Bass Phone: 020 8478 1745 Fax:020 8514 3665
Named person for child protection: Mr. Lee Hart Phone: 01283 212207 Mobile: 07702543226
Local police: Phone 101 or 0300 333 4444
Local authority children’s social care department http://www.escb.co.uk phone: 0845 603 7634
Routine: 0845 603 7627
Childline: Phone 0800 1111 (textphone 0800 400 222)
Reporting child protection concerns
If a child is in need of emergency medical attention or in immediate danger, follow the procedure set out in on the section on helping a child in immediate danger or in need of emergency medical attention.
You should then take the steps set out in the flowchart on the next page to ensure the concern is dealt with.
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