15.5 Non Recent Abuse Allegations
Last reviewed July 2022
Date of next review July 2025
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As soon as it is apparent that an adult is revealing childhood abuse, the member of staff must record what is said by the service user and the responses given by the staff member. A chronology should be undertaken and all records must be dated and the authorship made clear by a legible signature or name.
The person disclosing the non recent abuse should be asked whether they want a police investigation and must be reassured that the Safeguarding Investigations Unit is able and willing to undertake such work, especially for those adults who are vulnerable as a result of mental health or learning difficulties. Even if the person dislosing the abuse does not want an investigation the Police may still investigate in the interests of public safety.
The adult should be informed that when it is believed that an alleged abuser has contact with a child or poses a risk to children a referral will be made to children’s social care so that information can be gathered and a decision can be made whether to apply child protection procedures in respect of the child(ren) with whom the alleged abuser has contact or who may be at risk of harm
If possible, staff should establish if the adult is aware of the alleged perpetrator's recent or current whereabouts and contact with children.
Professionals responding to an allegation of historical (non recent) abuse should try and establish the following:
The professional should be aware and sensitive to the fact that the adult disclosing may not wish to give any of the above details, including the alleged abusers' name, possibly in fear for their own safety.
If a child under 18 makes a disclosure to a professional about non recent abuse this should be responded to like any other disclosure of abuse (ie. contact either East Sussex SPOA, Brighton and Hove Front Door for Families, West Sussex Integrated Front Door).
Consideration must be given to the therapeutic needs of the adult and reassurance given that, even without their direct involvement, all reasonable efforts will be made to look into what they have reported.
Sussex Police Control Room must be informed about allegations of crime at the earliest opportunity. This can be done by phoning 101 or by going to Report a crime | Sussex Police Whether the Police become involved in an investigation will depend on several factors including the victims' wishes, safeguarding of others, and the public interest. If the location of the crime is not in Sussex, then Sussex Police will inform the local force area. The victim will be told who will continue with the investigation.
If a child under 18 is making a non recent allegation of abuse Children's Social Care should initiate a 4.6 Strategy Discussions if the alleged perpetrator is known currently to be caring for, or has access to children (including making the necessary referral to the area where the alleged perpetrator is now known to live).
See also, CSA Pathway
If the alleged perpetrator has their own children, or there are children in the household, consideration to be given to appropriate safeguarding of those children.
Where the alleged perpetrator has contact with children as part of their employment or any voluntary role (whether current or historical), the Allegations Against People who Work with, Care for or Volunteer with Children Procedure should be followed.
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