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Continue reading “CASPAR”
How disclosure happens
Children and young people may disclose abuse in a variety of ways, including:
- directly– making specific verbal statements about what’s happened to them
- indirectly – making ambiguous verbal statements which suggest something is wrong
- behaviourally – displaying behaviour that signals something is wrong (this may or may not be deliberate)
- non-verbally – writing letters, drawing pictures or trying to communicate in other ways.
Children and young people may not always be aware that they are disclosing abuse through their actions and behaviour.
Sometimes children and young people make partial disclosures of abuse. This means they give some details about what they’ve experienced, but not the whole picture. They may withhold some information because they:
- are afraid they will get in trouble with or upset their family
- want to deflect blame in case of family difficulties as a result of the disclosure
- feel ashamed and/or guilty
- need to protect themselves from having to relive traumatic events.
When children do speak out it is often many years after the abuse has taken place (McElvaney, 2015). Continue reading “Recognising and responding to abuse”
Children can experience more than one type of abuse which can have serious and long-lasting impacts on their lives. Find out about the different types of child abuse, how to recognise the signs in children and young people and how people who work with children, parents and carers can prevent and respond to it. Continue reading “Child abuse and neglect”
A free online safeguarding tool
It can be challenging to work out whether your organisation is doing enough to keep children safe. We’ve developed a tool to help you assess what you’re already doing well, and what you need to improve to make sure all the children who come into contact with your organisation are protected.
The safeguarding self-assessment tool is designed to be used alongside our Safeguarding standards. It includes a set of simple questions for each standard, as well as resources that you can use to create a safer culture within your organisation. Continue reading “Safeguarding checklist”
Health professionals are well placed to identify families who need early help. They have an overview of issues affecting individual family members which may impact on a child’s welfare.
They are also in a position to co-ordinate the work of different agencies supporting children and families. Continue reading “Overview of risk factors and learning for improved practice for all professionals working in the health sector”
If you think a child is in immediate danger and you live in the UK, contact the police on emergency number 999 or call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.
If you suspect a child may be at risk but not in imminent danger contact your local children’s social services.
ChildLine – telephone 0800 1111
Women’s Aid call 0808 2000 247 or http://www.womensaid.org.uk/
UK Mankind available at http://www.mankind.org.uk/ A web site for male survivors of domestic abuse
Family Law Society http://familylawsociety.org
Parents 4 Protest http://www.parents4protest.co.uk/
Equal Parenting Alliance http://www.equalparentingalliance.com
The Association of Shared Parenting http://www.sharedparenting.f9.co.uk/
The Centre for Separated Families http://www.separatedfamilies.info
The Custody Minefield http://www.thecustodyminefield.com
UK Council for Psychotherapy http://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy http://www.bacp.co.uk/
MIND info-line 0300 123 3393 http://firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are worried about a child, the NSPCC is here to help. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, free of charge.
Phone 0808 800 5000
Text 88858 (Text 07786 200001 in Channel Islands, standard call rates apply)
Or visit nspcc.org.uk/help