Safe Guarding Policy
Ensuring that every member of staff has:
• Completed the on line basic awareness training.
• Has a copy of the route map.
• Has a copy of the Information Sharing guide.
• Has discussed future training needs.
2. Basic awareness training.
3. Dealing with a disclosure
4. Child protection/family support map and advice and safeguarding vulnerable adults.
5. Information sharing
6. How to report abuse.
The whole introduction including the on-line training should take an hour.
• Covering the basics of safe guarding
• How to deal with a disclosure
• Where to take advice from
• Guidance on information sharing and how to report abuse
Safe Guarding Board
Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 places a duty on all agencies to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
The Children’s Act 2004 act highlights promotion of the well-being of children and young people. It also places a duty on all agencies to be proactively involved in the protection of our most vulnerable. This duty is part of a comprehensive programme of change which began with the publication of Every Child Matters: Change for Children (September 2003) focusing on improving the following outcomes for children and young people:
• Be healthy
• Stay safe
• Enjoy and Achieve
• Make a positive contribution
• Achieve economic well being.
Inter-agency arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children are coordinated and monitored through the City of York Safeguarding Children Board.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
• Protecting children from maltreatment
• Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
• Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
• Enabling children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.
Basic awareness training
The safe guarding board has a web based introduction to Safeguarding
Dealing with a disclosure
We know the thought of anything having happened to a child or young person will come as a shock and is very upsetting. However, if you are concerned, or if a child/young person says something to you, it is important to listen and, as difficult as this may be, not to show shock or upset.
If you feel a young person or a member of the community is going to disclose anything you must inform them that all confidentiality cannot be kept if you feel that the young person or someone else is at risk – you have a duty of care and responsibility.
The City of York Safeguarding Children Board has developed the following guidance for parents and carers who are worried about how to respond if their child tells them they have been abused.
• Remain calm.
• Respond with calmness and kindness, regardless of how you may be feeling in reality.
• Accept how the young person feels.
• Allow the young person to talk about what has happened as many times as they wish to. Vulnerable people tend to say things gradually over a period of time. An initial disclosure to you is often a young person’s way of testing your response.
• Remind them that you will help keep them safe and thank them for sharing this sensitive information.
• Reassure the person that what happened was not okay, that you believe them and that they are not in trouble.
• Accept what the young person says.
• Don’t put words into their mouths. Ask general questions only (e.g. tell me about that?)
• Don’t pressure them to continue or ask them for more details than they are ready to give.
• Don’t question in a way that will introduce new words, phrases, or concepts into their minds.
• Don’t “correct” or influence their information (i.e. “why didn’t you tell me sooner”; “why did you let him do it?”)
• Don’t challenge, confront, or criticise the information even if the information seems unlikely or there are obvious errors.
• Remember sometimes accurate timescales or dates will be difficult to pin-point.
• Try to get the message across that talking is OK.
• Keep a written record!!
• Accurately write down what the young person has told you, what you said, and the date and time. This may be used as part of your statement or as evidence in court. It also reassures the child that you have heard them, that what they have said is important, and you are taking it seriously.
• Talking to others!!
• It is important to respect the child’s right to privacy while balancing this with the need to discuss their disclosure with other professionals.
• It is important for you explain that you cannot keep alleged abuse secret. Gently explain to the child that what they have said needs to be shared by you with another trusted adult.
• Explain that this is your job – to keep them safe.
• Explain that he or she has done the right thing to tell and that they may have to tell their story to someone else whose job it is to talk to young people about these issues.
• Get help!
• Discuss everything that has been disclosed to your line manager.
• The young person’s recovery from their experiences largely depends on the sensitivity to the discloser and the support that is given.
For further advice or sources of help please contact:
• The City of York Council Children’s Services tel: (01904) 554141. Outside office hours, at weekends and on public holidays contact the emergency duty team tel: (01904) 762314. Alternatively, write/call in: Customer Advice Centre, PO box 402, and 10-12 George Hudson Street, York YO1 1ZE (Monday to Friday from 8.30am – 5.00pm).
• ChildLine is the free 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK. Children and young people can call our helpline on 0800 1111 about any problem, at any time – day or night. Children who are deaf or find using a regular phone difficult can try our textphone service on 0800 400 222. ChildLine’s counsellors are there to help you find ways to sort things out.
• NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 to speak to a Helpline adviser, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
How to report abuse
If you think that a child or young person is being abused or neglected you must inform your line manager and then Children and Family Services or the police.
To report concerns to Children and Family Services tel: (01904) 554141. Outside office hours, at weekends and on public holidays contact the emergency duty team tel: (0845) 0349417.
What information you need to give
If you are a professional worker with concerns about a child or young person you should contact the Customer Advice Centre.
You should confirm your referral (click here to download) in writing within 48 hours. If you are in doubt about making a referral you should seek advice from the manager or practitioner with designated responsibility for child protection within your agency. If this is not possible or if you need further advice contact the referrals and assessment duty officer at Ashbank, 1 Shipton Road, Clifton York YO30 5RE.
If you would like further training and information in this area – please inform your manager.