Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people

Droplet 2 – What is child abuse?

As a teaching assistant, you must do your best to ensure that children and young people are safe while they are in your care, but you also need to look out for any signs that they may be being mistreated when they are outside the setting.

Droplet 3 – Recognising abuse

The signs of child abuse can take many forms and can be subtle. When you think that things aren’t quite as they should be, you should trust your instincts and report your concerns as soon as possible.

Droplet 4 – Physical abuse

It is normal for children to have cuts and bruises on their bodies caused by accidents that happen while they are moving about and/or playing. Marks or injuries which do not have an acceptable explanation may indicate that a child has been abused.

Droplet 6 – Neglect

Neglect is persistently failing to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs resulting in serious damage to their health and development.

Droplet 7 – Sexual abuse

Research by the National Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has found that nearly a quarter of young adults experienced sexual abuse during childhood.

Droplet 16 – E-safety: Online risks

Technology and the internet in particular, can be wonderful resources for education, communication and entertainment but, they can also present risks for children and young people.

Droplet 17 – Data protection and confidentiality

Education settings hold a range of information about individuals. Under the Data Protection Act, 1998, any organisation (including educational settings) that holds personal information about individuals (pupils/staff/others) must be registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Droplet 18 – What is bullying

Bullying is hurtful behaviour directed towards another person. It is usually repeated over a long period of time. It can happen at school, outside school, In extra-curricular clubs and groups or online.

Droplet 22 – Emergency situations

Everyone who works in an education setting should be familiar with policies and procedures for keeping children and young people and themselves safe in emergency situations.

Droplet 24 – Everyday health and safety

All adults that work with children and young people have a duty of care towards them.
Part of this duty of care is the responsibility to ensure that the learning environment is safe and secure. You will need to take account of health and safety

Droplet 25 – Risk assessment and management

Some activities, especially those happening away from school, can involve higher levels of risk than those taking place in school.
If pupils will be involved in an activity where there is an element of risk, the school will need to show that it has have taken ‘all reasonably practicable precautions’ to keep them safe.

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