So far we have looked at what is considered abuse, signs, indicators or clues that children give us to express that they are being harmed in some way. However, it is important to understand that children have to overcome many barriers before they can tell anyone.
Once they do, the people they tell also have to overcome barriers before taking appropriate action, despite what is known to be legal or otherwise. This is particularly so if the authorities do not address reports of abuse in the appropriate ways.
In this lesson, we will identify what stops children from telling and adults and organisations from reporting abuse. As well as acknowledge the fears and risks to reporting.
➜ Barriers to reporting