We propose that Early Intervention of Child Safety Issues such as child abuse, other high risk factors that can contribute to child abuse and bullying is essential.
This petition sets out to ask the question; "Should a reporting tool be compulsory on all school computers to promote early intervention?
Currently we know that under confident and vulnerable children are prevented from reporting? [This includes children with Special Needs and those who are Illiterate] http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23955155-london-city-of-children-who-cannot-read.do
Current reporting formats expect children to have uncontrolled access to the internet, write search criteria, scour and read the search results, read and complete a report template or email, then submit that template, email or telephone someone they do not know. All this takes a great deal of time and may have to be done under very stressful conditions with abusers or bullies in the vicinity.
We can demonstrate that the technology for a more child friendly reporting tool does exist (CAABS ) and that leading children’s charities have identified and stated the need for such a solution;
· NSPCC “Million secondary school children still suffer from abuse” - "Teachers must be supported to identify possible signs of abuse and neglect”.
· Barnardo’s “Positive early intervention is the only way forward” - “We need to empower our children by education: powerful, contemporary materials delivered to children in the classroom”.
· * CEOP “We need to focus on that and break down the barriers that stop any child from coming forward”.
How can we address the issues that are affecting so many children the world over? We must first be able to get the children to come forward and tell us their problems. This is not so easy to do. Young children find it difficult to articulate there experience. Children will need reassurance that it is right to protect themselves and others.
Schools have the IT infrastructure needed to support the reporting child and statistically the school environment is the safest place for a child to feel comfortable to report.
Will you be part of this innovative approach? Support and sign this petition today so that a real solution to Early Intervention of child abuse and bullying can be adopted.