Many teachers are concerned about child abuse, not least that they could themselves become the subject of an allegation. Media coverage suggests that many cases go wrong and that agencies frequently fail to work together as they should. All professionals working with children are under close public scrutiny as never before This book, aimed at teachers, governors and LEA officers, provides a comprehensive and practical guide to the role of educational professionals in safeguarding children. There has never been a more important time for schools to act with confidence in what can be a highly complex area. New legal duties mean that action must be taken when children need it. Educational services are at the heart of the government's protection strategy. Getting things right may make all the difference to a child in trouble. It may even save their life.
The author, with many years experience of working directly with schools and other educational professionals on child welfare issues, provides a thorough grounding for any teacher, LEA or school manager who needs to know what is now expected of them, including: guidance about how to respond to a disclosure by a child, making a referral, attending a case conference and what happens in the event of an allegation being made against a teacher. He also provides a detailed insight into the process and realistic and informed advice about ensuring the best possible practice. This is the book you need to make sure that your school can meet the requirements of the DfES and Ofsted, and to ensure that it provides its pupils with the protection they may require.
Ben Whitney is Team Leader (Pupil Attendance and Child Welfare) and designated officer for child protection for Wolverhampton City Council Education Department.