As a childcare professional you’ve been through safeguarding courses, and know the signs to look for if you suspect abuse. However, making that call can be a huge step and one that’s easy to wait until you’re certain. With this in mind, you may be surprised to hear that recent research conducted by the NSPCC and YouGov revealed that fewer than one in five people would report concerns for a child as soon as they arose.
The main reason people gave for being reluctant to report concerns about child sexual abuse was the fear of getting it wrong. TV Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos said, ‘This fear is understandable, no one wants to make a mistake that would harm a child or family, however these fears can be problematic if they become a barrier to helping a vulnerable child who in most cases can’t or won’t come out and ask for help directly’.
These concerns are inevitably exaggerated when your business is childcare related, so the guidance from The NSPCC may prove invaluable. The ‘Don’t wait until you’re certain’ campaign is an attempt to urge EVERYBODY who comes into contact with children, to report any concerns they have for a child to the NSPCC immediately! As a childcare provider you can chose to remain anonymous and the NSPCC offer consultations with professionals who come into contact with abused children or children at risk of abuse. There are a range of services designed for childcare professionals which you can access here.
DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOU’RE CERTAIN!!!!!
Below is the story of Monica who reported the abuse of her daughter’s friend to the NSPCC helpline.
“When I asked Emily what was wrong she complained about her father’s constant anger. Eventually, she told me that he sexually abused her thirteen year old sister a few days ago. Initially, I was shocked. I thought to myself fourteen year olds shouldn’t have to deal with or know these things.
“This was hard to hear for all three of us. We were all in tears. You hear about these things, but you don’t often have it on your doorstep. I talked it through with Emily. She told me that everyone in the family was quite afraid of her angry and sometimes violent father. I thought Emily felt it was on her shoulders to do something about it, but she was also very afraid… continue reading
Please help the NSPCC help children that are suffering from abuse, by reporting any concerns you have for the children you care for IMMEDIATELY!
If you have any concerns, contact the NSPCC helpline now and stop children suffering from abuse.
Have you ever waited before reporting a concern to authorities? Have you any experiences to share with other providers?