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Recording allegations of abuse
Procedures for Tir Conaill Harps GAC.
WHAT TO DO IF A CHILD OR VULNERABLE ADULT TELLS YOU ABOUT ABUSE.
- Listen without asking questions.
- Let him/her know it was right to tell someone about their worries.
- Stay calm and don't rush into actions which may be inappropriate or may put the child in further danger.
- Reassure them and stress he/she is not to blame.
- Where possible maintain confidentiality, but don't make promises that you can't keep and explain that you may have to tell other people.
- Keep questions to a minimum and avoid closed questions; do not lead.
- Encourage them to use his/her own words.
- Record exactly what the child or vulnerable adult had said to you and the date and time (seperate facts from opinion).
- Do not take sole responsibility.
- If the child/ vulnerable adult is in immediate danger, call the police and ask for help.
- Don't act without seeking help from the club's Child and/ or Vulnerable adult Protection Officer if you have one, or from Social Services or the Police.
- The child's welfare is paramount. Seek advice before telling parents or carers about the conversation.
In any case where an allegation is made, or someone in the club has concerns, a record should be made.
Page Last Updated - 03/11/2011
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