Abuse & Neglect
Abuse and neglect
All staff are trained on the indicators of abuse and neglect to help them to identify children who may be in need of help or protection. We believe that abuse, neglect and safeguarding issues are rarely stand-alone events. All staff are aware that safeguarding incidents and/or behaviours can be associated with factors outside the setting and/or can occur between children outside of these environments. All staff, but especially the DSL and deputies will consider whether children are at risk of abuse or exploitation in situations outside their families. Staff will be vigilant and always raise any concerns with their DSL (or deputy), even if they are unsure.
All staff are aware that technology is a significant component in many safeguarding and wellbeing issues. We understand children are at risk of abuse online as well as face-to-face. In many cases, abuse will take place concurrently via online channels and in daily life. Children can also abuse their peers online, this can take the form of abusive, harassing, and misogynistic messages, the non-consensual sharing of indecent images, especially around chat groups, and the sharing of abusive images and pornography, to those who do not want to receive such content.
Indicators of abuse and neglect
Abuse: a form of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm or by failing to act to prevent harm. Children may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting by those known to them or, more rarely, by others. Abuse can take place wholly online, or technology may be used to facilitate offline abuse. Children may be abused by an adult or adults or by another child or children.