- Child Safeguarding
- Child Abuse (Physical, Emotional and Neglect), Multi-Agency Working, Childcare Professionals / Allegation Management
- No Guidance Required
Level of Complexity: Intermediate
- Differentiation applies depending on the audience
- Trainer to develop the questions accordingly using differentiation words such as List, describe, identify, develop a policy, develop a pathway etc.
- Four-year-old child is being neglected and physically and emotionally abused by mum and mum’s partner
- School suspects abusive behaviour and alerts relevant agencies
- School, police, children’s social care / services and hospital all become involved in the child’s life
- Manipulative mum “plays” the safeguarding process and attempts to divert attention away from her
- Working within their procedures, agencies are unable to ascertain any clear evidence of abusive behaviour
- Child Abuse
- Professional Hierarchies
- Escalation Procedure
- Disguised Compliance
- Start Again Syndrome
- Recognising and responding to child abuse
- Interagency communication
- Cumulative harm and the impact on a child
- Understanding each others’ roles and responsibilities
- What to do if not happy with a response from a partner agency
- Good practice/guidance disclosures from a child
- The importance of reflective supervision
- There is a history in this case from the nursery school to the primary school. How best can we ensure that information is shared?
- There are a number of injuries where the explanation is inconsistent. How can we make sure that the full picture is clarified?
- The parent and perpetrator are in a relationship. Is the significance of this being considered as part of the assessment? How could this be improved?
- The school has a lot of information and understanding of the situation. Have the procedures which have been followed, enabled this to be shared fully? If not, how could this be improved?
- The teacher has a lot of anxiety about the child and feels her voice is not being heard. What else could she do to ensure that her concerns are included in the assessment?
- The mother is very manipulative and knows how to work the system. How can we guard against this when considering child safeguarding concerns?
- Each agency appears to be working in isolation. How can this be prevented?
- There seems to be a hierarchy where the school defer to children’s services and the police, they in turn defer to the opinions of health professionals. How can interagency communication and decision-making guard against this approach?
- All frontline staff working with children and families
- All frontline managers of staff working with children and families
- Multi agency partners who have a responsibility for working together to safeguard children
- Follow on from Basic Awareness of child abuse and neglect
- Working Together / Safeguarding It’s everyone’s responsibility courses
- Team discussions in single agencies
- Multi agency training / conferences / voice of the child
- Reflective supervision – individual / group
For Further Support
- Local Safeguarding Children Board Multi agency procedures
- Local Safeguarding Children Board Multi agency training