Oct 17, 2016 - Fitzroy Primary School adopts the following processes when responding to and reporting suspected child abuse. If a child discloses an i...0 downloads 1 Views 224KB Size
Child Safety: Procedures for Response to Child Abuse Fitzroy Primary School adopts the following processes when responding to and reporting suspected child abuse. If a child discloses an incident of abuse: • Try and separate them from the other children discreetly and listen to them carefully. • Let the child use their own words to explain what has occurred. • Reassure the child that you take what they are saying seriously, and it is not their fault and that they are doing the right thing. • Explain to them that this information may need to be shared others, such as with their parent/carer, specific people in your organisation, or the police. • Do not make promises to the child such as promising not to tell anyone about the incident, except that you will do your best to keep them safe. • Do not leave the child in a distressed state. If they seem at ease in your company, stay with them. • Complete an incident report form. • As soon as possible after the disclosure, record the information using the child’s words and report the disclosure to the Principal/Assistant Principal, police or child protection. • Ensure the disclosure is recorded accurately, and that the record is stored securely. If a parent/carer says their child has been abused in the school or raises a concern • Explain that your organisation has processes to ensure all abuse allegations are taken very seriously. • Ask about the wellbeing of the child. • Allow the parent/carer to talk through the incident in their own words. • Advise the parent/carer that you will take notes during the discussion to capture all details. • Explain to them the information may need to be repeated to authorities or others, such as the Principal, the police or child protection. • Do not make promises at this early stage, except that you will do your best to keep the child safe. • Provide them with an incident report form to complete, or complete it together. • Ask them what action they would like to take and advise them of what the immediate next steps will be.
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• Ensure the report is recorded accurately, and that the record is stored securely. You need to be aware that some people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds may face barriers in reporting allegations of abuse. For example, people from some cultures may experience anxiety when talking with police, and communicating in English may be a barrier for some. You need to be sensitive to these issues and meet people’s needs where possible, such as having an interpreter present (who could be a friend or family member). If an allegation of abuse involves an Aboriginal child, you will need to ensure a culturally appropriate response. A way to help ensure this could include engaging with parents of Aboriginal children, local Aboriginal communities or an Aboriginal community controlled organisations to review policies and procedures. Some children with a disability may experience barriers disclosing an incident. For example, children with hearing or cognitive impairments may need support to help them explain the incident, including through sign language interpreters. Advice on communicating with people with a disability can be found on the Department of Health and Human Services website
Further information about failure to protect can be found on the Department of Justice and Regulation website
These procedures were endorsed by School Council on October 17th 2016.
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