Dealing With a Safeguarding Disclosure
If a learner makes a disclosure, the member of staff/volunteer should:
- Listen to what is being said without displaying shock or disbelief
- Accept what is being said
- Allow the learner to talk freely
- Reassure the learner, but do not make promises which may not be possible to keep
- Do not promise confidentiality – it might be necessary to refer to Children’s Services; Safeguarding and Specialist Services
- Reassure the learner that what has happened is not their fault
- Stress that talking about it was the right thing to do
- Do not criticise the alleged perpetrator
- Explain what has to be done next and who has to be told
- Make a written record as soon as possible after the disclosure on CPOMS or a paper Record of Concern form (available in reception)
- Pass the information to a member of the safeguarding team without delay
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr D Griggs, however any member of the Safeguarding Team will be able to assist if he is not available. Please see the Safeguarding poster for further details.
It is normal to be affected by some disclosures that learners may make. If you feel you would benefit from support after reporting a disclosure, please let a member of the Safeguarding Team know.