EX CATHEDRA | Child Protection Procedure

The NSPCC[1] lists abuse in these areas:

  • Bullying and cyberbullying
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Child trafficking
  • Criminal exploitation and gangs
  • Domestic abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Female Genital Mutilation
  • Grooming
  • Neglect
  • Non-recent abuse
  • Online abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse

If a child makes a disclosure to you:

  1. Reassure the child that telling someone was the right thing to do.
  2. If possible, ensure you are not alone with the child.
  3. Let the child tell you their whole story. Don’t quiz them but ensure you have a clear understanding of what they are telling you.
  4. Tell them that you now have to do what you can to keep them (or the child who is the subject of the allegation) safe.
  5. Tell the child what you are going to do and who you need to tell.
  6. As soon as is appropriate make notes of the conversation.
  7. Ask the child what they would like to happen as a result of telling you, but don’t make any promises you cannot keep.
  8. Give the child the ChildLine phone number 0800 1111
  9. As soon as is appropriate, urgently report to:
  • You may then be advised to contact Birmingham City Council Children’s Advice and Support Service (CASS) M-F 9-5pm 0121 303 1888 or 0121 675 4806 (out of hours)
  • And when hosted by another organisation (school or hospital) the host’s Designated Safeguarding Officer.
  • NSPCC HELPLINE 0808 800 5000

If the child needs urgent medical attention or is in immediate danger call the emergency services: 999

If you have a concern about a child urgently, report to Rebecca Ledgard, or if unavailable then Gemma King, or John Clemson – contact details above.

Always consider the 6 principles of Safeguarding:

  • Empowerment: People being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and informed consent
  • Prevention: It is better to take action before harm occurs
  • Proportionality: The least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented
  • Protection: Support and representation for those in greatest need.
  • Partnership: Local solutions through services working with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse
  • Accountability: Accountability and transparency in safeguarding practice

Latest review: June  2024

[1] Types of Child Abuse & How to Prevent Them | NSPCC