Please refer to the below if a child makes a disclosure to you:
1. Remember to use the correct ‘TED’ questioning technique:
T ell me
E xplain to me
D escribe to me
2. Do not ask leading questions and only ask questions if you need to clarify what the student has said.
3. Give the victim as much privacy as possible.
4. Limit your questioning.
5. Establish whether the child needs medical attention – the welfare of the child is paramount.
6. Record the following:
• Time and date of your interview
• Full details of the child, name, date of birth
• Time and date of the incident if possible (tell me when this happened)
• Location of incident (tell me where this happened)
• Record exact words used by the child about the incident (describe to me what happened)
• Record any questions asked to the child
• Identity of the suspect and their location (tell me who did this and where they are now)
• Establish whether there was anyone else there during the incident (tell me who else was there when this happened)
• Has this been reported to anyone else?
• Were there any witnesses to the incident?
• Record the demeanour of the child
Sign and date your report and send your report immediately to email@example.com or, in her absence, firstname.lastname@example.org along with a phone call to ensure swift receipt. If out of hours then call the emergency phone on 01273 836060. If a child is in immediate danger then remove them from the situation and call the police.
produced in consultation with Safeguarding Associates for Excellence SAFE June 2018
The charity Young Minds, has shared some thoughtful tips about talking to people who need support:
- Help the person you are talking to feel comfortable. Explain that you care, that you want to listen and you wont be judgemental
- Give the person you are talking to time and permission to talk about whatever is on their mind
- It is OK to stay silent when they finish talking. It may encourage them to talk more.
- Don’t feel like you need to have all the answers, simply listening can be enough.