Working Together Working With You to Safeguard Children and Vulnerable Adults

Recognizing abuse in children and adults is not easy and it is not any one person’s responsibility alone to decide whether abuse has taken place. However, it is each person’s responsibility to act if they have any concerns.

We can support you and provide a range of tools and training so you can be confident your staff can recognize abuse and take the right action.

Think the unthinkable                 Never do nothing

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vHealth offers tailored support to suite the size and type of your healthcare establishment.

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    What are types of abuse:

 ·Physical  ·Sexual, (including Child Sexual Exploitation) · Emotional or psychological · Neglect                  · Fabricated Induced Illness · Domestic Abuse · Discriminatory · Institutional

What is child abuse?

A person may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm.

Children and young people may be abused in a family or institutional or community setting; by those known to them or, more rarely, by a stranger.

 

What should I consider when suspecting child abuse ?Safeguarding jigsaw

  •  Disclosure from a child or adult
  • Delayed presentation
  • Inconsistent or changing history
  • No adequate explanation
  • Child tells different story
  • ‘Typical’ pattern of NAI – e.g. hand mark
  • Lack of parental or carer’s concern (or opposite for FII
  • Age inappropriate e.g. non-mobile baby/child  

 

When should I make a referral ?

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To make a referral if you should have reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suffering, or is likely to suffer significant harm

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For more information, please contact mary.moore@videre.co.uk