Understand How to Respond to Evidence or Concerns That a Child or Person Has Been Abused of Harmed?

Safeguarding Children
Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or person has been abused of harmed?

• A description of the possible signs, symptoms, indicators and behaviours that may cause concern in the context of safeguarding.

When working with children and young people we have a duty to protect them from harm. This could be from being physically, emotionally, sexually abused or even being neglected. If a child is suffering from abuse or neglect this may be demonstrated through what they say (direct or indirect disclosure) or changes in their appearance, behaviour, body language or the way they play. The child could experience more than one abuse. If a child is being sexually abused they may also suffer from emotional abuse. In the next few paragraphs I will be looking at the physical and behavioural indicator a child may present with that could be a call for concern.

Physical abuse is the physical injury or maltreatment of a child under the age of eighteen. This is usually carried out by a person who is responsible for the child's welfare under circumstances which indicate that the child's health or welfare is harmed or threatened.
For example types of physical abuse a child could experience; being beaten with a belt, shoe, or other object. Also being bitten, broken bones, being burned with matches or cigarettes. A child could experience being hit kicked, and deprived of food and drink, having their hair pulled, being scalded with   water that is too hot also shaking, shoving, or slapping.

When then child is experiences physical abuse, this may be indicated by the child’s behaviour as it may alter and become more aggressive and they may have a fear of physical contact or become clingy. They may also refuse to get undress out of soiled or dirty clothes due to fear of injuries being detected. Family or those in close proximity to the child could be the cause of the harm the child endures however may falsify explanations as to...