Attendance issues with children may indicate safeguarding issues.
A child who may seem as the ‘golden child’, who does not misbehave or is quiet, may be a child who is being abused. Talking to the child and knowing their personality traits will support educators ability to identify whether abuse is occurring or not.
It is important to know the important policies to support the children and yourself during a safeguarding incident.
When children disclose to an adult, they should stay calm and not show emotion or shock to ensure the child can confidently speak.
There is an increase in child abuse and neglect, England and Wales have a greater increase in neglect. Aspects of this could be due to the cut backs in social services and CAMS.
An overall increase of abuse is online abuse and this is due to the technology rise. Teachers and Parents need to be aware what children are on and who they are talking to.
When a child discloses to a school member or it is suspected:
- Listen to the child – have the rest of the class covered by another teacher if possible to focus on the child
- multi-agency working is paramount as well as training
- cannot keep the information a secret
- no matter the concern it should be voiced
It is important to make children aware of safeguarding so they are aware and this can support them in feeling comfortable in disclosing.