Child Protection

 

A child is considered to be abused, or at risk from abuse from parents or carers when the basic needs of the child are not being met. This can be through avoidable acts of either commission or omission. Child Abuse cases are registered under the following categories:
 
  1. Neglect - This is actual or likely, persistent or severe neglect of a child. It can be through the failure to protect the child from danger, cold or starvation. It can also be from the failure to carry out important aspects of care that affects the child’s development or health causing a condition called non-organic failure to thrive.
     
  2. Physical Injury - This is the actual or likely injury to a child, or the failure to prevent physical injury or suffering to a child. This can be caused by the deliberate striking, shaking, swinging, throwing, burning, biting, scalding, suffocation or poisoning of a child. It may also be caused when a parent or carer feigns the symptoms of, or deliberately causes ill health to a child. (Formerly known as Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, now known as Fabricated or Induced Illness)
     
  3.  Sexual Abuse - This is the actual or likely sexual exploitation of a child or adolescent. This includes actual or attempted fondling, masturbation, penetration, exhibitionism, voyeurism and any involvement in pornographic activity. It is important to remember that boys as well as girls are victims of this kind of abuse.
     
  4.  Emotional Abuse - This is the actual or likely adverse effect on the emotional and behavioural development of a child caused by persistent or severe emotional ill-treatment or rejection. This involves persistent scapegoating, criticism, bullying, harassment, ridiculing, belittling, frightening or overprotection. Domestic violence can be a significant factor here. It is important to appreciate that emotional abuse is part and parcel of the other three categories. This category is only used when it proves to be the main or sole form of abuse.
What are the main signs of Child Abuse? 
These are many and various. However, in a school setting, staff are likely to witness the following: 
  • constant fatigue,
  • listlessness/falling asleep in class,
  • indicators of concern in children’s writing or drawings,
  • non/poor school attendance,
  • injuries which cannot be satisfactorily explained,
  • reluctance to go home,
  • inappropriate sexual behaviour or play,
  • attention-seeking behaviour.
What will staff do if they are concerned? 
It is extremely important to pass on even the slightest concerns to the school’s Senior Designated Person. This is the senior member of staff designated by the Head Teacher as the person who co-ordinates action within the school and for liaison with other Agencies.
 
King’s School’s Senior Designated Person is:
Mr Jim Davies, Acting Assistant Headteacher. He can be reached on Gut. Military (84) 2210
 
As a parent or carer; should you have any concerns at all about the safety or abuse of a child or children, you should contact the Central Referral Team on 05247 843040 or Gut Military (73)3030/40.