Teachers - You’re busy and under intense pressure - but you need to be alert to child abuse too!

Teachers - You’re busy and under intense pressure - but you need to be alert to child abuse too!

Posted on Feb 11, 2016
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Teachers - You’re busy and under intense pressure - but you need to be alert to child abuse too!

 


Teachers, you have an ever-growing workload piling onto your desk. The pressure on you and your staff to get through Ofsted inspections is constant. The curriculum’s packed and every day it seems to be getting MORE packed. E-safety (including when the children are at home) is now your job to control. Sex education? Your job! Mathematics, English literature, times-tables – your job! There is not a single teacher out there I know who is not working their socks off to try to keep up with what is expected.

Lily Eskelsen García gave a brilliant speech on ‘what teachers do’ at a Campaign for America’s Future conference. It isn’t that different to the pressures on you here in the UK.

You can watch it here:

 

 

 

 

One of the big pressures on you, one of the areas you simply can’t ignore or push down the agenda is child protection.

From children to young people, school life may be the one opportunity for someone to spot that abuse is happening at home. You are around these children and young people enough to notice differences in attitudes and behaviours. But do you know what to look out for?

 

For information on the possible signs of child abuse, please follow the below links.

The possible signs of child emotional abuse

What is child neglect and how can you spot the signs?

what are the types of physical abuse and how can you spot the signs?

Child sexual abuse: how can you spot the signs?

The common behaviours of a child who has been/are being abused;

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Self-harming
  • Thoughts about suicide
  • Obsessive behaviours
  • Aggression
  • Soiled clothing
  • Eating disorders or changes in eating habits
  • Sleeping trouble, nightmares or bed-wetting
  • Risky behaviour, including drugs and alcohol
  • Absence from school
  • Withdrawal or clinginess

We’ve produced some eye-catching posters that will help you spread the message in the staff room. Click here to download them for free.

Free signs of child abuse - staff posters 

Action to take if you suspect child abuse

If you suspect child abuse, don’t ignore it. Report it to your manager/safeguarding lead immediately. If your organisation doesn't have one, consider contacting children’s social care or the police on 999

At flick we offer affordable child protection training that covers what child abuse is, how it affects child development, what to do and how to react to a disclosure, how to report concerns and what your legal duty and responsibilities are as someone who works with children and young people.

 

Our level 2 accredited child protection course covers key points from:

 

  • The areas requiring safeguarding action to protect children outlined in section 10 of Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills from September 2015
  • Working together to safeguard children (2015) in England
  • Safeguarding children: working together under the Children Act 2004 in Wales
  • National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland (2014)
  • Co-operating to safeguarding children (2003) in Northern Ireland
  • Keeping Safe in Education (2015).
 

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