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Protective Behaviours - Skills for Life
Protective Behaviours - Skills for Life

Child Protection

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Recognising Child Abuse


What is protective interrupting?

Protective interrupting is a strategy to prevent a child disclosing in front of other students and providing them with the opportunity to disclose in a safe and confidential manner.

Protective interrupting involves the following steps:

  1. Interrupt the child by acknowledging them and preventing further disclosure e.g. "Thank you, it sounds as though you have something important to talk about, why don't we have a chat at recess?".
  2. Be supportive and gently indicate that the child can talk in a more private situation.
  3. Quietly arrange to see the child as soon as possible.
  4. Listen attentively in a private location within the school and reassure the child that telling was the right thing to do.
  5. If abuse is disclosed, explain to the child that because they are being harmed you need to make sure they are safe and gain some help for them.  Do not promise the child you will keep it secret.
  6. Reassure the child that the abuse was not their fault.
  7. Explain what is likely to happen next.
  8. Complete the SCHOOL REPORTING FORM FOR CHILD ABUSE as soon as possible. 
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Recognising Child Abuse
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