Remain calm and reassure the person that they have done the right thing by speaking up. Listen carefully and give the person time to speak. Explain that only the professionals who need to know will be informed, but never promise confidentiality. Act immediately, and do not try to address the issue yourself.
What should I do if I have safeguarding concerns?
Make a report of what you’ve seen and any evidence that would support your claim, including time and date. Do this in line with your educational organisation’s child protection policy. Report what you have seen to a superior or a designated safeguarding lead (DSL) who will then take the issue further if they see fit.
What should you do if you have a safeguarding concern about a member of staff?
If staff have concerns
If staff members have concerns about another staff member this should be referred to the headteacher or principal in an education setting or to the manager / owner in other settings.
What should you do if you have a safeguarding concern about a child?
You should report any safeguarding and child protection concerns to your nominated lead or their deputy, who will share the information with the appropriate agencies. Contact the NSPCC Helpline for advice or to report concerns.
How do you report safeguarding concern?
Please call the 24 hour Safeguarding helpline on 0203 373 0440. During office hours please select option 1. Alternatively, you can use our short online form to report suspected abuse or raise a concern and someone from Adult Social Care will call you back.
What happens if a safeguarding is raised against you?
Where the allegation leads to the involvement of children’s social care and/or the police, the LADO will canvass their views on suspension and let your employer know. However, only your employer has the power to suspend you and they cannot be required to do so by a local authority or police.
When can you raise a safeguarding concern without consent?
You have a legal and ethical duty to raise concerns if you suspect a vulnerable adult patient is being abused or neglected. Involve patients in decisions about their care. You can disclose information to protect the patient or others from harm.
What is a safeguarding incident?
Safeguarding incidents are specifically those where: firstly the incident intentionally or unintentionally causes harm, or risk of harm, to staff, associates or members of the community – children or adults; and secondly harm is caused by the organisation’s staff, programmes, or operations.
What are examples of safeguarding issues?
Examples of safeguarding issues include suspected abuse, bullying, sexual exploitation, radicalisation, grooming, allegations against staff, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).
How do you Recognise a safeguarding concern?
Monitoring a person’s emotional and physical wellbeing
Through monitoring these signs and reviewing them regularly you may identify a safeguarding issue. Indicators to record include changes in physical wellbeing, signs of distress or illness, and noticeable changes such as weight gain or weight loss.
What is a Section 42 in safeguarding?
A Section 42 enquiry must take place if there is reason to believe that abuse or neglect is taking place or is at risk of taking place, and the local authority believes that an enquiry is needed to help it to decide what action to take to support and protect the person in question.
Why is it important to report all safeguarding issues?
Acting on concerns is vital. But it’s just as important that you keep a record of all safeguarding concerns in your organisation. … If you have any concerns, you should record them, and report them to the appropriate person, authority, or organisation. This is where a safeguarding policy will help.
Who is responsible for safeguarding?
Local Authorities have statutory responsibility for safeguarding. In partnership with health they have a duty to promote wellbeing within local communities. Cooperate with each of its relevant partners in order to protect adults experiencing or at risk of abuse or neglect.