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Child protection protocol
3.1 student Privacy and rights
Student should be treated with respect, consideration, and dignity. The student had the right to privacy and confidentiality. Student or his/her guardian should be provided with information concerning the evaluation and treatment options.
Student should be given the opportunity to participate in decisions involving their healthcare when such participation is not contraindicated. Student has the right to refuse any treatment or diagnostic procedures if he/she advised of the medical consequences of that refusal.
The persistent or severe neglect of a child which results in impairment of health or development
Actual or likely physical injury to a child, or failure to prevent physical injury or suffering
Actual or likely exploitation of a child by involvement in sexual activities without informed consent or understanding, or that violate social taboos or family roles
Actual or likely severe adverse effects on the emotional and behavioral development of a child by persistent or severe emotional ill-treatment, inappropriacy, or rejection
Situations where children may not have been abused but here social and medical assessments indicate a high degree of risk that they might be abused in the future, including situations where another child in the household has been abused, or where there is a known abuser
3.3. Responding to possible abuse
A guide for considering information giving rise to doubts about a child’s safety or welfare
- Decision Making
You must record the grounds for your concern, either in the patient’s records or in another appropriate way.
You should raise questions with the family and be open about your concerns, unless to do so would put the child at risk of harm,
You may wish to organize further contact by other members of your practice team or by suggesting a further appointment.
You may wish to consult with colleagues. This may give you fuller information and help you decide on your vest course of action.
You may wish to discuss your concerns with the social services team on a ‘what if…’basis.
You may wish to discuss your concerns with the designated nurse or doctor for child protection.
- Taking Action
You may decide, after consultation or independently, to make contact with social services. This could mean contacting them for a discussion or making a direct referral.
You should have clear in your mind
What information. Allegation or observation leads me to be concerned
At this moment
What other information or observation might support this concern. Drawing upon previous experience with the child or their family ?
Is the situation urgent?
What are your expectations of mak9ing the referral?
3.4 Roles and Responsibilities
- Class Teachers
Class teachers will, in most cases, be the first person that a concern is raised by. They will collated /accurate/secure written record of concerns and liaise with designated child protection staff.
- The School Nurse
Their role is to ensure that relevant information obtained in the course of their duties is communicated to the Designed Teacher. Types of injures, attendance and frequency are recorded.
3.5. Responsibilities of the whole School Staff
- All school staff has a responsibility to identify and report suspected abuse and to ensure the safety and well-being of the pupils in their school. In doing so they should seek advice and support as necessary from the Principal/Designated Teacher.
- Staff is expected to provide a safe and caring environment in which children can develop the confidence to voice ideas, feelings and opinions. Children should be treated with respect within a framework of agreed and understood behavior.
- All school staff is expected to:
- Be aware of signs and symptoms of abuse.
- Report concerns to the designated Teachers as appropriate.
- Keep clear, Dated Factual and confidential records of child protection concerns.