Scenario: Responding to child abuse complaints

By | October 18, 2019

Narrator: It’s important to respond
to concerns about child abuse and to know when to either get advice
or report these concerns. Let’s take a look at how this
might present itself. Coach: Two, three. That’s it.
Just come here for a minute. Shawn, is it? Is that a bruise, mate?
Boy: Yeah. Coach: It’s a pretty big one.
How did you get that? Boy: Oh, I got this awesome new mountain
bike for my birthday, took it up the hills for trying the weekend.
Coach: Yeah? Boy: Pretty nasty sack, though,
thrown in my back. But I saved my knees.
Coach: You saved you knees. All right, well, maybe you might ask
your parents to wear a protective gear. Boy: Yeah, definitely. Coach: It’s definitely coz we want you on
Saturday, all right? You’ll be good to play? Boy: Yeah, sure, definitely. Coach: Yeah? Good.
All right, three more, you ready? Narrator: It’s natural for the coach
to be concerned and ask some simple questions Tell me how that happened
and then what happened. Now, let’s have a look at a situation
that should trigger concern. Coach: Not so fast, boys.
Not so fast. Good job.
Keep going. Shawn mate.
Here you go. Feeling all right, buddy?
Boy: Yeah. Coach: Yeah?
Is that a — that’s a bruise, mate. How did you get that one?
That’s pretty nasty. Boy: I don’t know.
I fell over at school yesterday. Coach: You fell over at the school… ?
Boy: I said I don’t know. Coach: You don’t know?
Do you want to tell me, mate? That’s — I mean, that’s
a pretty nasty bruise. Boy: No.
Coach: You sure? I mean, that’s pretty big.
How did you come across that? Boy: I don’t want to tell.
Coach: You don’t want to say. Narrator: Other indicators of abuse
include bruising particularly in the face, head, or neck region, differing version
of how an injury occurred, a child not relating well with others, disruptive
or aggressive behavior, and bullying. It’s not the coach’s responsibility to
find evidence that abuse has occurred, but to seek advice and report any concerns. This is an ethical and, in some
states, a legal responsibility. For more information on
child protection in sport, visit Play by the Rules, visit the Australian Sports Commission website, or contact your state or territory
child protection agency.

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