Understanding Safeguarding for Children and Young People for Those Working in the Adult Sector

Understand safeguarding of children and young people for those working in the adult sector.

Signs and symptoms that may cause concern in context of safeguarding children and young people are looking out for signs of abuse such as
  * Bruising or unexplained injuries.
  * Withdrawal from social situations.
  * Increased outbursts of challenging behaviour.
  * Acting out situations that have possibly happened to them.
  * Saying words/ phrases that may seem out of character or seem too advanced for their age such as sexual talk.
  * Acting out of character around certain individuals but not others.
  * Aggression.
  * Fear of going to certain places.
  * Extreme mood swings.
  * New habits such as nail biting or thumb sucking (in an older child).
  * Low self- esteem.
  * Anxiousness.
  * Poor hygiene.
  * Inappropriate dress for the season.
  * Constant tiredness.
  * Pain when sitting.
  * Urinating themselves (if this is not a common thing for that child.)
If a child reported any abuse to my-self I would ask the child if they wanted to tell me exactly what had happened and also I would need to explain to the child that I couldn’t keep it a secret and would have to report it to my manager, the police and also social services. This would be in line with my policies and procedures for safeguarding anyone who had reported abuse to my-self. I would reassure the child that I will help them as much as I can. I would also keep the child away from the person who they have accused of abusing them.
  * Children’s rights include them having the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account.
  * Children also have the right to be protected from harm and abuse and have the right to be cared for properly.
  * Safety and supervision.
  * Food, clothing, and shelter.
  * Protection from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse or neglect.
  * Diagnosis and treatment of medical and...