Ta 202 3.3

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Know how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused, harmed or bullied Unit 202 (3.3) Describe actions to take in response to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused, harmed (including self harm) or bullied, or may be at risk of harm, abuse or bullying Children spend almost half their waking hours in school, so it is not surprising that schools have a particular responsibility to look for signs that abuse may be happening. An NSPCC study in 2002 reported that one in six children had experienced serious maltreatment. It is likely that among the children we support that there will be children who have experienced some form of abuse. As a teaching assistant or learning support assistant, we will build special relationships with children. We may regularly work with children in small groups or on a one-to-one basis. We are likely to be the person who the child feels more comfortable to talk to when the rest of the class are not around. It is important that we know how to recognize when abuse may be happening and what action we should take. While we must avoid jumping to conclusions we must always be observant. We may notice physical signs or changes in a child’s behaviour, or the child may hint or disclose to us that they are being abused or bullied. We must also think about how we would respond if a child were to hint or disclose this to us. Always: * report concerns about possible signs or changes in behaviour to the designated person or manager * take what children say seriously – it will take a lot of courage to tell us and children will rarely lie about abuse * reassure children that they are not to blame if they tell us they have been abused * tell children that we will have to tell someone who can help them * write down what we have observed or what has been said – but keep
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