PROGRAMME Aims, National & Local Context Tutor What Are Your Issues? Group Exercise Extensions of Definitions of Abuse Tutor Update on Legislation Case studies – Thresholds Group Exercise Feedback Procedures & Recording Tutor LUNCH Case Studies – Good Practice Group Exercise Feedback The Internet & New Technologies Tutor Questions & Close
AIMS Have knowledge of the extensions to the definitions of abuse and have an understanding of the thresholds of child protection Be aware of the risks to young people posed by the Internet new technologies 5 4 Be aware of good practice in coaching and the SFA Code of Conduct Ensure a knowledge of new guidelines, procedures and legislation 2 3 1 Be aware of the National and local context of Child Protection and identify your issues
Remember most children lead happy, healthy lives free from abuse
“ This was an avoidable child death” Susan O’Brien QC October 2003 - Caleb Ness “ fault at almost every level in every agency involved” Why Is This So Important? “ possibility of avoiding her death” Dr Jean Herbison March 2006 –Danielle Reid “ major single agency and multi-agency system failures ”
S et up a List of people disqualified from working with children (DWCL)
Any individual working with children –paid or unpaid – must be referred to the List when they have harmed a child or put a child at risk of harm AND been dismissed or moved away from contact with children as a result
Report of the Inquiry into the deaths of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman
A new system for registering those who
work with children
Clear guidance on recording and sharing
National IT intelligence system
Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007
Key Features :
Greater consistency on decision unsuitability through the development of a Central Barring Unit to assess information
Reduction in administration and bureaucracy as information is continuously updated about current status and can be provided without the need for a further enhanced disclosure check whenever someone moves job
Continuous updating means that if someone who had a Disclosure Check becomes unsuitable their employer is notified
Controlled access to barred status for personal employers
The proposed scheme will be designed to provide a centralised, integrated and updated system to prevent unsuitable people from gaining access to vulnerable groups and to ensure that those who become unsuitable are not able to remain in the workforce
The implementation date and consultation process has not been completed but will not be enacted before the Summer 2009
The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007
CATEGORIES, EXTENDED DEFINITIONS OF ABUSE & EXAMPLES IN SPORT
CATEGORIES AND EXTENSIONS TO DEFINITIONS OF ABUSE NEGLECT EMOTIONAL ABUSE PHYSICAL SEXUAL
Other ‘reasonable chastisement’ is still allowed. Case Law will determine what is ‘reasonable’ and how other parts of this Act will be interpreted. The Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003
2. You become aware of the following about a very talented ten year old boy in your squad: 1) He has been late for training three times in the last month. 2) Other boys in the squad do not want to socialise with him as he is ‘smelly’. 3) His mother arrives to collect him on a regular basis under the influence of drink or drugs.
Children may be exposed to and involved in drug-related activities/crime
Relationships between parent/child difficult
Getting our Priorities Right
When is Substance Abuse Problematic? ‘ Protecting Children Living in Families with Problem Substance Abuse Guidelines for Agencies in Edinburgh and The Lothians' Substance use in itself may not have a negative impact on a parent’s capacity. …It is when substance use adversely affects life-style, social behaviour and capacity to discharge their parental responsibilities that it becomes a matter for concern because it adversely affects the quality of care that their child receives and poses a risk to health and development .
My Concern Remember: you only hold one piece of the puzzle, there WILL be many more
My Concern Social Work Police Parents Doctor To see the BIG picture You need ALL the pieces of the jigsaw School
3. At the start of a training session, Callum, who is 9, appears very withdrawn. When you talk to him, he tells you that his parents are always arguing. Yesterday evening, he saw his father push his mother against a door and try to strangle her. He asks you not to tell anyone as he is very anxious and embarrassed about it.
Any form of physical, sexual or emotional abuse which takes place within the context of a close relationship. In most cases, the relationships will be between partners (married, co-habiting or otherwise) or ex-partners.
In 90% of cases of domestic abuse, the victim is a woman and the perpetrator a man.
In 95% of cases, the abuse takes place in the family home
On average a woman will be assaulted by her partner or ex partner 35 times before reporting it to the police
In 90% of incidents involving violence, the children are in the same or the next room
DOMESTIC ABUSE "People throw around statistics saying that up to 70 or 80% of children of batterers are also abused. That statistic is wrong. EVERY child who witnesses abuse is a victim of abuse. As an abused child, and then as an adult trying to recover, I was far more affected by witnessing the abuse of my mother than I was by the abuse directed towards me." (Carlita) Woman survivor quoted in ‘Hidden Hurt’
1 in 10 had had images taken with mobile phone cameras to intimidate or embarrass them
You need to establish the basic facts and consider whether you have a child protection issue
The child should be reassured and told to save the message and image
These could be illegal under the Telecommunication Act 1984 and the young person charged and the possibility of being placed on the sex offenders register
5. The coach of the U-12 team comes to you for advice as he has heard one of the boys boasting that he is in a sexual relationship with a 15 year old girl. The coach is fairly sure from the boy’s graphic description that this is true.
If a professional has any concerns then they must refer to Social Work or Police for advice
It is vital that professionals reassure young people and attempt to empower them to participate effectively in their own welfare and protection. The professional must state clearly to the young person that they are referring the concern
Any decision taken (whether or not to report), reasons why the decision was made, and who was consulted in reaching this decision, should be recorded and kept in the young person’s file/notes
6. One of your team members tells you that that he is going to meet a guy in another part of Scotland he has been chatting to on ‘Bebo.’ He says this man has told him he has contacts with many English teams scouts and wants to meet him to see if he is skilled enough for him to get in touch with them to come and watch him play a full game.
PROCEDURES REFER TO SOCIAL WORK OR POLICE DISCLOSURE BY CHILD OBSERVATION CONCERN/DISCLOSURE BY OTHER CHILD/ADULT/AGENCY RECORD & REPORT TO THE CLUB CHILD PROTECTION CO0RDINATOR or CLUB OFFICIAL ON THE DAY SCREEN ESTABLISH BASIC FACTS ASK ‘W’ QUESTIONS IF NECESSARY RECORD INFORMATION OF ALLEGED, SUSPECTED OR ACTUAL ABUSE
PROCEDURES NO ACTION SINGLE AGENCY CHILD PROTECTION – CHILD PROTECTION CASE CONFERENCE, POLICE CHARGES, REFERRAL TO REPORTER ETC SCREEN INTER-AGENCY REFERRAL DISCUSSION (POLICE, HEALTH & SOCIAL WORK) DECIDES WHAT ACTION NEEDS TO BE TAKEN E.G.MEDICALS, WHO TELLS PARENTS AND WHEN, WHOSE CONSENT IS REQUIRED SCREEN
Whilst this might seem to be harmless and done without any feelings of malice or intent to abuse, it should not go unchallenged
Leaving this could lead to the coach repeating it with a child who does not treat it as a joke and reports it or in front of someone who misreads it and reports it as assault
This is situation where the coach needs to be reminded of the Code of Conduct as it applies to ‘horseplay’
3. Four weeks before a cup final your first choice goalkeeper is injured. His doctor recommends that he doesn’t play for six weeks but the week before the match, he tells you that he is fit and is desperate to play. .
However keen the child is to play, it is your job to consider his long term health
Any decision to let him play would have to be agreed by the boy’s parents and his doctor
4. The highly talented captain of your team is looked up to by all the other players. Last year, at the end of the season when you caught him bullying, you stopped him playing for three games and this resulted in a big slump in form. He is back this year and the team are doing much better but you become aware that he is once again bullying some of the younger team members.
If, after investigation, the bullying allegation is confirmed, the bully and the bullies should be spoken to separately.
Parents should also be involved
As this is a continuing problem, serious action would need to be considered
5. A boy complains to you that he feels he can do no right and that, although he gets a start in every game, he is never praised but always criticised. He tells you that he scored a hat-trick in his last game but that all that was mentioned in the post match discussion was a small mistake he made.
Are you now aware of: The extensions to the definitions of abuse and the procedures to follow? The need to take advice and thresholds of child protection and the risks to young people posed by new technologies New guidelines and legislation? 2 3 4 1 Aware of the Local and National context of Child Protection?