Consett ASC is committed to ensuring that all those associated with the group have a positive enjoyable experience. Consequently, we are committed to ensuring that all young people who take part in our activities are kept free from harm. We will ensure that:
What is child abuse?
Child abuse means harming a child. Child abuse is not a new problem and although it still occurs, there is evidence to suggest that its occurrence can be significantly reduced. How? By learning more about the problem, by giving young people self-protection strategies, by knowing how to listen to young people carefully, and by knowing what action to take when allegations of child abuse are made.
There are four types of abuse
The intentional, non-accidental use of physical force on the part of a parent/carer that aims to hurt, injure or destroy that child.
The persistent emotional ill treatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may involve conveying to the child that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of the other person. It may involve causing children to frequently feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children.
The involvement of dependant, developmentally immature children or adolescents in sexual activities they do not truly comprehend, or to which they are unable to give informed consent, or that violate the social taboos of family roles.
When chronic inattention is given to the child by their parents/carers in the areas of medical, educational, stimulative, environmental, nutritional, physical or emotional needs.
Possible Signs of Child Abuse
Adults associated with Consett ASC will look out for the following possible signs of child abuse. However, it is understood that not all young people manifesting these symptoms will necessarily be suffering abuse. Caution, sensitivity and common sense will shape precisely how adults respond to these symptoms.
If a young person:
We will take steps to establish whether the young person is suffering abuse. If child abuse is suspected, adults associated with Consett ASC will:
Ensure that the appropriate officers within Consett ASC i.e. Lisa Watson, Child Welfare Officer and Ian Frame, Head Coach are made aware of the issue/situation
Ensure that the allegation/suspicion is taken seriously and that it is reported and recorded
Ensure that the appropriate authorities or charities are advised about the allegation/suspicion (eg Police, Social Services, MASH, The NSPCC)
Advice About Initial Disclosure Deriving from Young People
If an adult reports a concern:
When recording allegations of, or suspicions about, child abuse adults will try to provide the following information:
If allegations are made by a young person against a person not associated with Consett ASC, Social Services will be immediately notified and action taken on their advice. The decision as to whether to notify the young person’s parents/carers will be made in consultation with Social Services.
If allegations are made by a young person or parent/carer against another young person in Consett ASC, Social Services will be immediately notified and action taken on their request. If there are genuine grounds for concern, the parents/carers of both children will be notified. If it proves impossible for both young people to remain within Consett ASC as an enquiry into allegations is undertaken, the young person accused of the abuse will not be allowed to attend. The outcome of the enquiry will determine whether the young person accused of the abuse is allowed to return to Consett ASC.
If allegations are made by a young person or parent/carer against an adult associated with Consett ASC, Social Services will be immediately notified and action taken on their advice. If there are genuine grounds for concern, the adult associated with Consett ASC will be immediately notified of the allegation made against them and they will not be able to work in any shape or form with the club. Other adults associated with Consett ASC are advised that they should not discuss with the accused any aspects of the allegation/ incidents or the enquiry that follows disclosure, as this may seriously affect the outcome of the enquiry. The outcome of the enquiry will determine whether the adult accused of abuse is allowed to continue to work with Consett ASC.
Early police intervention may be required in cases of extreme abuse. Advice about police intervention will be taken from Social Services.
Monitoring and Evaluation
Once a year adults/officers associated with Consett ASC will meet to discuss the extent to which practice conforms with the content of the policy. Three years following adoption of the policy, adults/officers associated with the blub will meet to discuss whether the policy needs revising in light of new child protection legislation and best practice advise.
This Policy was adopted on: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (date)
This policy will be reviewed by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (date)
Officers in Consett ASC responsible for ensuring that the policy is put into practice:
Name:. . . . . . . Darren Watson. . . . . . . . . . . . .
Name:. . . . . . . .Lisa Watson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .