What is a Child Safeguarding Policy?
A Child Safeguarding Policy, or Child Protection Policy, is a statement that makes it clear what an organisation or group will do to keep children or vulnerable adults safe.
Even if a child doesn’t reveal they are experiencing sexual abuse, there can be numerous indicators pointing to a problem – both behavioural and physical.
This may include being wary of people they know, self-harming, changes in their eating habits and bodily injuries such as bruises. Recognising these signs of child sex abuse can be a vital step in ensuring a child can be removed from a dangerous situation and empowered to speak out against their abuser.
The following changes of behaviour could potentially suggest that a child is the victim of sexual abuse.
A child may also be abused online, which may be reflected in their behaviour. For instance, they may:
Any child can be subject to sexual abuse, and in many of the cases which our Abuse Solicitors deal with, the child is abused by a person known to them. For example:
According to official figures, 9 out of 10 children know or are related to their abuser, while 80% of child sex abuse occur either where the child lives or in the abuser's home.
However, there may be cases, particularly when it comes to online child abuse, where it could be a complete stranger trying to establish a relationship with a youngster through social media, a web forum or chatroom.
In many child abuse cases, the victim of sexual abuse may already being going through some difficulties at home, such as neglect, this can work to an abuser’s advantage as the child may not be adequately supervised or get enough attention, or they may be less likely to be believed if they ever speak out about the abuse.
Children with disabilities, meanwhile, are 3 times more likely to be victims of sexual abuse, particularly if they have speech or language difficulties.
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