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The overriding consideration must be the protection of the child - for this reason, absolute confidentiality cannot and should not be promised to anyone. For guidance in relation to making a referral relating to under-age sexual activity, see Working with Sexually Active Young People Procedure.
If suspicions or allegations are about relatives, friends or colleagues, practitioner or otherwise, the concerns must not be discussed with them before making the referral.
However, referrers should not be given any guarantees of confidentiality, as there are certain limited circumstances in which the identity of a referrer may have to be given e.
NB - Referrals made by practitioners can never be anonymous. Listening to the Child If the child makes an allegation or discloses information which raises concern about Significant Harmthe initial response should be limited to listening carefully to what the child says so as to: If a child is freely recalling events, the response should be to listen, rather than stop the child; however, it is important that the child should not be asked to repeat the information to a colleague or asked to write the information down.
If the child has an injury but no explanation is volunteered, it is acceptable to enquire how the injury was sustained. A body map diagram may be used but it is not acceptable to take photographs. However, the child must not be pressed for information, led or cross-examined or given false assurances of absolute confidentiality.
Such well-intentioned actions could prejudice police investigations, especially in cases of Sexual Abuse. A record of all conversations, including the timings, the setting, those present, as well as what was said by all parties and actions must be kept.
Situations where it would not be appropriate to inform family members prior to referral include where: In relation to the last two dot points above, decisions to share information with parents will be taken using professional judgment and in consultation with these Child Protection Procedures.
Given the responsibility that parents have for the conduct and welfare of their children, professionals should encourage the young person, at all points, to share information with their parents where ever safe to do so.
Where a parent has agreed to a referral, this must be recorded and confirmed in the referral. Where the parent is consulted and refuses to give permission for the referral, further advice and approval should be sought from a manager or the Designated Senior Person or Named Practitioner, unless to do so would cause undue delay.
The outcome of the consultation and any further advice should be fully recorded. The Sheffield Safeguarding Hub provides a single point of access for the screening of safeguarding concerns from professionals and members of the public.
In the event that an agency does not agree with the response and decisions made in relation to the referral the referring agency should discuss their concerns directly with the Safeguarding Hub manager in the first instance to seek resolution.
In the absence of contact details for the allocated social worker, contact the Safeguarding Hub If the concern arises out of office hours, and requires an immediate response the referral should still be made via the Safeguarding Hub contact number, where it will be dealt with by the Emergency Duty Team.
If it is not possible to contact the Safeguarding Hub for any reason the concern must be reported to the Police CPPU or if not available to the Duty Inspector at the nearest police station.
Practitioners in all agencies should have internal procedures, which identify Designated Senior Persons or Named Practitioners - managers or staff, who are able to offer advice on child protection matters and decide upon the necessity for a referral.
Arrangements within an agency may be that a designated person makes the referral. However, if the designated or named person is not available, the referral must still be made without delay.
A referral or any urgent medical treatment must not be delayed by the unavailability of designated or named practitioners.
The person making the referral should provide the following information if available - note - absence of information must not delay a referral: How Referrals will be Received Child Protection referrals into the Safeguarding Hub will be received by a screening social worker, providing referrers with an opportunity to discuss their concerns with a qualified social worker.
Outside normal working hours, the Emergency Duty Team will receive referrals. The referral will be dealt with in accordance with the local Family Common Assessment Framework and the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families to determine whether a referral should be responded to on the basis that the child is in need of support under Section 17 of the Children Act or in need of protection under Section 47 of the Children Act The social worker receiving a referral will establish: To do so, the worker receiving the referral will usually discuss the case with the referrer and in doing so, will: Receipt of a written referral should be acknowledged within ONE working day.
If the referrer has not received an acknowledgement within THREE working days they should make contact with the Safeguarding Hub manager. The worker receiving the referral must consider whether there are other children in the same household, the household of an alleged perpetrator or elsewhere, who should be considered as the subject of a referral.
The worker receiving the referral will also: Parents should be informed of the referral and their permission sought to share information with other agencies unless to do so would: Any such decision must be recorded with reasons.
Where there is or may be a Crime Committed If the referral relates to a situation in which a crime has or may have been committed, including sexual or physical assault or physical injury caused by neglect, the worker receiving the referral must discuss the referral with the Police at the earliest opportunity.
Whilst the responsibility to instigate criminal proceedings rests with the Police, they should consider the view expressed by other agencies.Abrupt increases in rule enforcement often take place after (1) a serious or costly problem occurs; (2) increased commitment towards enforcement; or (3) the selection of a new supervisor.
If discipline has been lax in the past, personnel need to be alerted to the intended change in enforcement. Describe actions to take in response or maybe at risk of harm, abuse or bullying Describe the actions to take in response to concerns that a colleague /5(1). The determination of whether conduct is sexual harassment depends on the specific facts and context of the situation.
Sexual harassment can occur between coworkers, between workers of the same sex, between the general public or clients and an employee. Practitioners should, in general, discuss concerns with the family and, where possible inform them that they are making a referral unless this may, either by delay or the behavioural response it prompts or for any other reason, place the child at increased risk of Significant Harm.
6 Steps to Take When You Suspect an Employee is Using Drugs. Document any complaints, concerns, behavior patterns or witnesses to the behavior. 3. Observe. It is important that management also observe the behavior.
A second management person should also observe the behavior.
Both observers need to document their observations in detail. 3. You don’t have to report what’s happening to your boss. He or she could be the one with whom you’re having an issue. Or maybe your supervisor is especially close to the person behaving.