Principles of Response


It is often our basic human response so denied that something is happening and bury our heads in the sand, however, in this job role, there may be a very unlikely event where you need to be proactive and do something about a situation.

Such as:

If you think a child is being abused / neglected

If you think their is domestic violence

If you believe the family has done something to break the law

if you feel a baby/child is in a unsafe environment

if you believe the mother is unstable and un able to properly look after her child and needs help

In these instances, you must report it to the relevant authorities. Our main aim is always to keep children healthy and safe and as we are in the homes and families and in a close environment we might see something first hand we are uncomfortable with. As hard and as difficult it might be we need to report it, to prevent further situations from occurring. It doesn’t mean something will happen or the child would be removed this is usually a last resort if nothing has improved, therefore we need to act accordingly with the law and child protection.

Principles of response:

The best interests of the children should be prime concern

Openness and honesty with the family (apart from if it is suspect sexual abuse)

Denial/ acceptance/action – how we naturally react to a situation. We must always take action.

Feel/think/do – How we process what we have witnessed. Again we must DO something

Clarification – Ask the parents what has happened , feel if you think it doesn’t add up, or if it is a good explanation.

Working together/jigsaw approach, all services working together to support the family

Referral/assessment/investigate – a follow on from you reporting something is suspicious.