I have a duty of care towards the children attending and this duty brings with it the responsibility to ensure that all efforts are made to safeguard children from suspected and actual harm. Children attending my home have a right to feel safe and I in partnership with parents/carers, have a responsibility to act on any concerns they may have regarding a child’s welfare and wellbeing. I also am required to be alert on any issues for concern in a child’s home life or elsewhere. It is my responsibility to liaise with local statutory children services agencies the LSCB and inform ofsted of any allegations. I also must have regard to the governments statutory guidance “working together to safeguard children”.
A person may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. I recognize that child abuse can and does happen in all types of families. The different social and cultural backgrounds of the children do not constitute barriers to child abuse and in most cases children are abused by individuals known to them, rather than strangers. Child abuse can take many formats, but all instances can be broadly categorized under one of f our headings:
Neglect – is the persistent failure to meet basic physical and psychological needs, which may result in the serious impairment of the child’s health and development. For example: poor hygiene, untreated medical problems, emaciation or under nourishment. I may notice behavioral signs such as a child who always seems to be hungry, is constantly tired or talks of being left alone.
*The concern should be discussed with the parent/carer. *Such discussions will be recorded and the parent/carer will have access to such record...