Everybody has a duty to report suspicions or disclosures of abuse, and by not doing so is a failure in your duty of care.

However difficult it may seem, you must make known your concerns of child abuse.

You have a duty to share information regarding any concerns which you may have about a child but only with the relevant people, organisations and agencies, not with family, friends or colleagues who don’t need to know.

Where concerns are raised, you should share the information immediately. Don’t forget it may be vital in preventing abuse occurring or reoccurring. Where a referral is required, it should be made within 24 hours.

You should never agree to keeping secrets with a child and should always let them know you may have to share what they are telling you with others, but only with others who will help to protect them and keep them safe.

A child’s safety and welfare is paramount and the sharing of information with the relevant individuals, organisations and agencies is absolutely essential.

The above is an extract from our Level 1 Introduction to Child Protection Training course.