As Rochdale Science Initiative C.I.C works with children and young people all stakeholders including volunteers are fully DBS checked. Our organisation is fully committed to keeping children safe and protected from harm.
This page explains how Rochdale Science Initiative C.I.C safeguarding protection policy will keep children safe and protected from harm.
1.If you are Worried about a Child
2.What to do if you have Concerns about a Child
3.Making a Notification of Concern to Social Work/Police
If you are Worried about a Child
Concerns about a child can arise in a number of ways, e.g. an accumulation of concerns, a single significant incident, reports from the child themselves, observation of child/parent interaction or information from a relative or a member of the public.
The child may be living with or affected by:
- Problematic alcohol and/or drug use;
- Mental health / illness;
- Domestic abuse;
There may be signs which cause concerns and could be an indication of a child being abused neglected or exploited
The child may:
- Have unexplained bruising or bruising in an unusual place;
- Appear afraid, quiet or withdrawn;
- Be afraid to go home;
- Appear hungry, tired or unkempt;
- Be left unattended or unsupervised;
- Have too much responsibility for their age;
- Be acting out in a sexually inappropriate way;
- Be misusing drugs or alcohol.
Not all children who are abused or neglected will display these signs and equally a child may display some of these signs and symptoms for other reasons.
What to do if you have Concerns about a Child
Children rarely tell if they are being abused. If a child tells something which suggests they have been abused or may be at risk of abuse this should never be ignored.
If a child or a young person gives you information that suggests that he or she is being abused or makes you worried about the child you should:
Remain calm, no matter how difficult it is to listen to the child.
Listen to the child and take them seriously. Reassure them they were right to tell.
Keep any questions to a minimum, for clarification purposes, and never interrupt.
Tell the child what you are going to do next and tell them that you are going to have to speak to someone who can help.
As soon as is practical write down everything that the child has told you using the child’s exact words if possible. Make a note of the date, time, place and people who were present and sign the notes you have made recording the date and time they were written.
Act promptly and immediately report your concerns to the Child Protection Lead if the Child Protection Lead is not available then report your concerns to the Deputy Child Protection Lead. You should also follow local procedures for sharing these concerns with the Named Person When there are concerns about the child’s safety or possible harm to the child, these should be shared immediately and without delay with police or social services so that they can consider whether the harm is significant (Sometimes it can be difficult to know if a child is being abused or at risk of abuse. You might have general concerns about a child or they may have told you something. If you are worried you should report your concerns to the Child Protection Lead or the Deputy. You should seek advice from colleagues, managers, designated or named professionals or other agencies where appropriate, but these discussions should never delay emergency action to protect a child. These concerns should be written down whether or not further action is being taken and should include a note of the date and who took part in the discussion. At the close of discussion there should be clear and explicit agreement about who will be taking what action, or that no further action will be taken.
A suspicion of abuse may take the form of ‘concerns’ rather than ‘known facts’. Concerns can and should be shared with the Child Protection Lead or the Deputy. While concerns may not necessarily trigger a child protection referral in themselves, they may help build up a picture, along with concerns from other sources, which suggest that a child may be suffering harm, this is particularly the case for situations of neglect.
All staff should be clear that they are passing on concerns as part of their responsibility, and that this cannot be on an anonymous basis.
Making a Notification of Concern to Social Services/Police
If a child tells you something, or you suspect a child is being abused or at risk of abuse, you must report your concerns to the Child Protection Lead. You should also follow local procedures for sharing these concerns with the Named Person If there are possible Child Protection concerns then a referral should be made to the Social Services or, in an emergency, to the Police. This will either be made by the Child Protection Lead or the Deputy.
A notification of concern should be made to the Social Services as soon as a problem, suspicion or concern becomes apparent. Notification of concerns should be made to the Child Protection Lead and in an emergency to the Police, stating clearly that you want to make a child protection referral/ and then follow up the concern in writing.
It does not matter if you do not have all the information below, do not delay in sharing concern. Wherever possible pass on the following information (Child Protection Lead/ Deputy) and others in case of the Lead/ Deputy being unavailable:
- Your name
- contact details
- your involvement with the family
- The child’s full name
- date of birth
- The child’s current whereabouts and who they are with and what you are concerned about
Parents/ Guardians Information
- The name
- Address of the child’s parents/carers and/or any other adults who have care of the child
Information with regards to alleged harm
- Who it is thought may have harmed the child or may pose a risk to them
- where and what may have happened.
- Is the child in imminent danger.
- Any other children who may also be at risk providing their: names, DOB, address etc.
- The name, age and address of any other person known to have information on the alleged or suspected abuse.
- Whether there are any other agencies currently involved with the family (if known) e.g. health visitor, teacher, school nurse or any other health professional involved with the family, including the parents/carers.
- Whether there have been any previous concerns about this child or other children in the household.
- Whether the child has any disabilities or special needs (if so further information regarding the child’s diagnosis if any, the main difficulties affecting functioning, any medical conditions, how the child communicates and expresses emotions should be provided).
- Whether there are any cultural or religious factors which need to be taken into account.
- Whether the parents are aware of the concerns and if so what is their reaction.
- Record the name of the person you passed the concern to
It is important that you bring to the attention of the Child Protection Lead/ Duty any concern and for the Lead/ Deputy to notify the Social Services or the Police (in emergencies) as soon as it has been decided that this is the appropriate course of action.
Last reviewed; 09/07/2019
Lead Officer; Mohammed Ali
Deputy Officer; Mohammed Rahman