Face the risks to children in your organisation
Organisations need to recognise that there are ongoing and real risks to children. Listen to children about how they feel. Be alert to and proactive about the risks including to those in your own practice as well as those form other staff, families and other children.
Children and staff can be protected from allegations of abuse or opportunities by avoiding situations where staff are alone with children, particularly in cross-gender situations; ensuring good parental supervision and good note-taking practices; and working with children in full view of other responsible adults.
Responding to children
Listen carefully and acknowledge what a child and young person tells you. Remind them there are no secrets. Listening without judgement will help them feel more comfortable in sharing difficult or embarrassing information.
What to say when children disclose something
- I believe you
- You did the right thing by talking to me
- It is never OK for kids to get hurt
- I will discuss with you what can happen next and who we will share this with
- We will keep you involved and informed and you can continue to feel safe to tell us how you feel and what you want.
Incorporating therapeutic approaches
Many different kinds of therapeutic therapies are used across various disciplines. They include psychoanalysis, behaviour therapy, cognitive therapy, humanistic therapy, multisystemic therapy therapy, and integrative or holistic therapy. Whatever type of therapy you use in your practice, try to address the needs of both the protective parent and the child. Therapeutic responses to children exposed to domestic and family violence should include working with the protective parent and other siblings.
Therapeutic therapies are offered in clinical settings, but they can also be offered in supported playgroups or childcare settings. They have been shown to strengthen a child’s attachment to a parent, increase emotional support available to a child and leads to improved outcomes for the child.