Discuss with the person
|In the event of actual injury, it may be necessary to arrange for the child to get any urgently required medical treatment. In any event, spend time talking to the child to find out what has happened, to reassure them and to comfort them, as appropriate.
If a child tells you that they have been abused, or you think they may have been, you should try to establish the basic facts before making an enquiry. The initial fact finding should not influence what the child says.
You should look to gather as much of the following information before making an enquiry:
- What you are concerned about.
- What the child has said.
- If it is believed that the child is in Immediate action
- If there are any other children who may also be at risk.
- Name, designation and name of agency (along with contact details) of the person making the enquiry.
- The child's full name, age, date of birth and address (if available).
- Any adults who have care of the child.
- Who it is thought may have harmed the child or may pose a risk to them, why this is so, and when it may have happened.
- Any information which indicates any potential risk to professional staff (this might include previous aggressive, violent or chaotic behaviour, infectious disease).
When making an enquiry to the MASH team by phone, for a child in imminent danger, you should ask for the name of the person you are speaking to and keep a record of this.
Points to consider when making a referral
It will help if you consider:
- why you think it is necessary to discuss the matter at the MASH
- what information you can give them about the child's world
- what the child is receiving to grow and develop,
- what the child needs from the people who look after him or her
- what this child needs from their wider world
- how you will remain involved with the family
- what you want other services to do.
It is important that you make your enquiry as soon as you are aware that this is the best course of action.
Avoid "how" and "why" questions.
To establish Do ask... Don't ask... What What happened? Did she or he...? Where Where did it happen? Did it happen in the bedroom? Who Who did it? Did the babysitter do it? When When did it happen? Did it happen last night?
|This page was added to the website on 2 July 2015Updated: 18 January to include referrals to MASH
- Worried about a child?
- Case Conference
- After the Initial Case Conference
- Supplementary Guidance