When a case is suspected, it is best to first discuss the
matter in confidence with one's colleagues, and then call for specialist help.
Leaders should encourage children to talk and relate informally to adults. This
provides a window on their lives and opportunity to share any experiences with
which they are uncomfortable. They should be told to protect themselves, to
avoid strangers, and know the difference between 'good' touches and 'bad'
RESPONDING TO SUSPICION.
If there are grounds for
suspicion, then, what action should be taken and what about confidentiality? It
is good to make private notes of happenings and there is nothing in British Law
that compels disclosure, but those in leadership, whether social workers,
doctors or teachers, would be heavily criticised for failing to contact the
proper authorities, i.e Social Services, NSPCC or the Police. The safety of the
child is of paramount importance.
AN IMPORTANT BIBLE WARNING TO CHILD ABUSERS
"It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he
was thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones".
St. Luke chapter 17, verse 2.
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