Disclosures of abuse.
While this can be an alarming situation it is important that you know what to do in such an eventuality.
♦ Stay calm and controlled; listen to what is said without showing shock or disbelief. Accept what is being said.
♦ Allow the child to talk freely. Listen rather than direct the child through questioning. Do not
♦ Reassure the child but do not make promises you can’t keep. (eg Never say “I promise to keep this
♦ Explain that you will talk to Mr Caddy so that he can help.
♦ Reassure them that telling you was the right thing to do.
♦ Record the details of what was said straight away. (Ask for a log sheet which is available in the staff
♦ Try to use the same words as the child. Sign and date the document. Immediately report your concerns
and give any written information to Mr Caddy.
♦ Be aware of your feelings and find someone to share your feelings with whilst being mindful that children’s details must remain confidential and within school.