Describe the potential tension between maintaining an individual’s confidentiality and disclosing concerns. • Where abuse of a child or young person is suspected
All settings should have a designated person to deal with child protection issues. If you have concerns that a child is being abused it is our job to disclose this information to the designated/manager of the setting unless you think by disclosing the information will put the child/young person in further danger. This can be very hard to work out so having colleagues to discuss this will help you come to a quick conclusion and more accurately. This can become very difficult if you feel that there is child/young person abuse issue and the designated/manager thinks that there isn’t. I think if you have a doubt then it is better to be safe than sorry, maybe monitor the child and gather more information but if the child is in significant danger then report it to the safeguarding board immediately. Parents will have had a copy of the child protection policy which states that information regarding every child will be disclosed if it is deemed that any child is in significant harm/danger. This gives us the right to report any kind of abuse to the safeguarding board without the parents/carers permission. It is important to follow the right steps whilst reporting a case of abuse or a suspected case, we need to gather the correct information:
• When a child/young person discloses information to you. Do not promise to keep a secret. If the child/young person confides in us we cannot promise to keep it a secret because we will have to disclose the information given and this will make the child think that they cannot trust that person anymore, they trusted you in the first place to disclose the information. Also a main feature of sexual abuse is that the abuser asks the child to keep this a secret between them. If a child asks you to keep a secret age/stage appropriately you should give them a gentle explanation why you may not be able to keep their secret. For an older child they may decide to with hold the information so make it clear to them that they have different options such as the NSPCC, Childline, Social Services, with an explanation again age/stage appropriate of how they can help and what they do.
• This information needs to be shared with the designated person or manager in a private and confidential area of your setting. This information needs to be shared with the designated person immediately so that the child will not come to any more harm, this should be done in a confidential area so that the conversation is not over heard and no information is given to the abuser at this time. Possible tensions could arise after the abuser has been informed of the alleged abuse. This could be face to face or via telephone call. The parent/carer could remove their child’s from our care and a s practitioners this is not what we want because we need to monitor the child if they are left within their parents care. • Record the information that is given accurately and on the correct paperwork with drawings if needed (incident recording form). When a child discloses information to you, you should never cross examine them due to then getting confused in what they are saying and also without realising it you could be putting words into their head, so the child will use your words and not their own words. The information that should be recorded should be the child’s word. Do not ask question only write what the child has said if possible have a witness listening in. • CAF (Common Assessment Framework). The CAF method is usually used at the very early stages to assess their needs or if you have a concern about a child. This is where multi agencies get together to assess a child’s/family’s needs. The CAF system enables multi agencies to work together gathering information from all aspects of the child’s/young person’s life. The First Visiting team...