Examples of concerns that must be reported
Examples of welfare concerns/behaviours that may harm a child or adult at risk and must be reported are set out below:
Abuse can take many forms including: physical abuse, fabricated or induced illness, psychological abuse, financial abuse, neglect, domestic violence/familial abuse, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, grooming, trafficking, abuse in communities, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, honour-based violence, abuse by a person in a position of trust, peer abuse, bullying & harassment, cyberbullying. Further information on each type of abuse.
a breach of the University’s:
- Code of Behaviour (Children and Adults at Risk)
- eSafety Guidance
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy
- Bullying and Harassment Complaints Procedure
- The behaviour of someone working/close to the child/adult at risk makes you uncomfortable;
- a child or adult at risk is accidentally hurt;
- there is concern that a relationship is developing which may be an abuse of trust;
- you are worried that a child or adult at risk is becoming attracted to you;
- you are worried that a child or adult at risk is becoming attracted to a colleague;
- you think a child or adult at risk has misunderstood or misinterprets something you have done;
- you have been required to physically restrain a child or adult at risk to prevent them from harming themselves or another or from causing significant damage to property;
- you receive a report from a child or adult at risk alleging abuse regarding a member of an external organisation using Queen’s facilities;
- you see any suspicious marks on, or notice behaviours by, a child or adult at risk, that would possibly suggest abuse/harm;
- allegations of harm/abuse have been made by a child or adult at risk or someone acting on their behalf;
- you belief a child or adult at risk may have been subjected to some form of abuse or harm either at home or elsewhere.
Please note the University has a legal duty to refer an individual to the Disclosure and Barring Service for a barring decision if they have engaged in relevant conduct and satisfied the harm test. Many of the concerns detailed above would meet the requirements for a referral. Further information on the legal duty to refer, relevant conduct and harm.
Who might abuse/harm a child or adult at risk?
Abusers come from all classes in society, all professions, genders and all races. Some adults manipulate themselves into positions of trust to abuse and/or exploit.
Abuse may be carried out by a stranger, but the abuser may be known. An abuser may be a friend, family member or carer.
Children may suffer abuse from other children.