What To Do If A Child Discloses To You?

What to do if you think a child is being harmed?


All states have a system to receive and respond to reports of suspected child abuse and neglect.

If you suspect a child is being harmed, or has been harmed, you should report your concerns to the appropriate authorities, such as child protective services, in the state where child maltreatment is occurring..

What should you avoid if a child makes a disclosure?

Reassure your child that he/she did nothing wrong and that you believe him/her. Listen and don’t make assumptions. Listen more than you talk, and avoid advice giving or problem solving. Don’t put words in your child’s mouth or assume you know what he/she means or are going to say.

What are the 4 R’s of child protection?

As many as 1 in 3 children sexually abused by an adult never tells anyone, so it’s absolutely crucial that, if you even occasionally work with children, you’re aware of the 4 R’s of child protection – Recognise, Respond, Report, and Record.

How do you respond to a child disclosure?

What to do during the disclosureGive the child or young person your full attention.Maintain a calm appearance.Don’t be afraid of saying the “wrong” thing.Reassure the child or young person it is right to tell.More items…

Why is confidentiality important for the child and the child’s family?

Maintaining confidentiality also builds trust in child care programs. Fostering relationships with staff, children, and families is built on trust. When managing sensitive information, there is an ethical and legal responsibility to protect the privacy of individuals and families.

What to do if a child confides in you?

If the young person discloses a potentially harmful situation to you, it’s important to get help for them right away. If they are in immediate danger, it’s essential to call 911 or the emergency services in your area. You may also have a duty to report child abuse or neglect to your local child protection services.

What are the six safeguarding principles?

Empowerment: people being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and give informed consent. Prevention: it is better to take action before harm occurs. Proportionality: the least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented. Protection: support and representation for those in greatest need.

What do you do when a child discloses a safeguarding issue?

When a child discloses abuse:Stay calm and listen.Go slowly.Reassure them that they have not done anything wrong.Be supportive.Gather essential facts.Tell what will happen next.Report.Make notes.

Which 3 things should you avoid if a child makes a disclosure?

Don’t make promises that you can’t be sure to keep, e.g. “everything will be all right now”. Reassure the child that they did nothing wrong and that you take what is said seriously. Don’t promise confidentiality – never agree to keep secrets. You have a duty to report your concerns.

What should you do if someone discloses abuse to you?

What you should do if someone discloses abuse to youstay calm and listen to them.take what you are being told seriously.reassure them they have done the right thing by telling you.where possible, make sure that evidence is preserved as this might be needed.make a written note of what you have been told.More items…