In this essay I will discuss and explain strategies to help children, their families and other adults.
The key method of ensuring that children and young people are supported is that professionals are aware of what abuse is, what the signs are and the impact on children and young people who have been abused. Also, because Susan has recently studied child protection this should mean she is aware of the signs of abuse. Some policies state that all professionals working directly with children have child protection training; the main reasons why this is a policy or a requirement for people coming in to contact with children is because often teachers, teaching assistants, child minders etc. and the main point of contact towards children and are the ones that will have a referral to social services as they are the main people who will see the signs of abuse or maltreatment, this is the professionals responsibility and should be taken seriously. (Morran, 2011)
A good method of child protection is using a body map with the children, e.g. the teacher have a template of a child’s body up on the board and the children can stick crosses where they shouldn’t be touched and ticks where it’s okay to be touched. The point of this method is that it’s a practical activity from which children can learn to protect themselves from abuse. I would put this method in to action by having one hour a week talking about child protection and create different activities such as the body map. We would prepare the children for this by reading stories so they gain an understanding of why we are doing this. Advantages of this method are it teaches children the line between appropriate touching and inappropriate touching, they learn about their own bodies and they become self-aware. The disadvantages of a body map are that the children might not take it seriously and this might suggest they don’t understand what is inappropriate