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Plumbers' role to help spot child abuse

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: October 06, 2008

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Plumbers and electricians in Lincoln could soon be asked to spot signs of child abuse while at work under a tightening of child protection laws.

All 800 Lincoln City Council employees are likely to receive training to help them detect the often hard-to-read signs of abuse that children sustain.

Staff who spot worrying signs of behaviour while out on day-to-day jobs would be asked to report their concerns to the council.

Although many signs are obvious, symptoms such as wearing long sleeves even in very hot weather to cover bruises are harder to detect.

The measures are needed to meet the requirements of new Government legislation.

Office workers and some other staff would only need basic training.

But maintenance employees and sports staff are among those who would need the most in-depth coaching to meet the new rules.

Simon Walters, head of corporate review and development, said: "It's about young people who may be suffering from neglect and abuse – that's our primary goal.

"We need to ensure our staff are trained to recognise child neglect and abuse.

"What this proposal makes very clear is that all public bodies have a duty under the Children's Act to take the responsibility to spot signs of child abuse."

The policy also warns them of the need to avoid putting themselves at risk of legal claims by not being left alone with children.

But the council said "common sense" would be the key in such situations.

For more on this story, see Monday's Lincolnshire Echo.

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    Ali, Australia  |  November 04 2008, 1:19PM

    Make sure you have your own survaliance camera's ready so you can report the truth against any misguided reporting.

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    brodde nation, west midlands  |  October 08 2008, 7:21PM

    TC does this stand for Totally Confused. How many meetings have you had to sit in on then? One thing we do agree on is a Panel Chair is Social Care orientated - is this a real fairness for the parents? An independant person to Chair these meetings would be more appropriate considering the child and parents are labelled for years after a child is entered onto the register.

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    Mary, Lincoln  |  October 08 2008, 9:35AM

    Ive been waiting for 5 years for the council to fix my boiler properly. If they can't do this then why does the council think they are trainee social workers on top!!

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    anon, Lincs  |  October 08 2008, 9:32AM

    I have experience of SS. I asked for help after tragic event. After a short period of respite I was in court fighting for my child and in total shock. To be told after wards my parenting was of high standard. More families will suffer severe trauma if petty things are reported.

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    graham wood, North Midlands UK  |  October 08 2008, 8:32AM

    "Why is anyone surprised? This sort of totalitarian wet dream is the hallmark of sub-human socialist filth the world over." Absolutely! The sooner Lincs Social Services get over their delusional ideology that somehow the State owns our children - the better. What arrogant fools they are!

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    TC, sealed by the courts for child protection  |  October 07 2008, 8:57PM

    Just for those that dont know - a Child protection panel is chaired by a social worker from another district yet still on the social work side What utter rubbish..it is chaired by the social worker 'manager' What you said is blatantly untrue. TC

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    brodde nation, west midlands  |  October 07 2008, 8:09PM

    Sorry to disappoint you, that actually happened I got involved with the case three children where removed from their home due to firstly being identified by the school as being late three times and secondly the social workers turning up on the parents door step and the house was a mess. Children went into care.

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    Mario, Lincoln  |  October 07 2008, 7:51PM

    "That also a child late three times at school will have a social worker knocking at your door, and if you havent done that cleaning the children are removed." Utter rubbish

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    brodde nation, west midlands  |  October 07 2008, 12:18PM

    Just for those that dont know - a Child protection panel is chaired by a social worker from another district yet still on the social work side. That if there are no findings of abuse, but your child needs specialist help the category of Actual Abuse is used to so they say get all the help needed for the child. That files even when go to court remain open for 25 years. And Social Worker love to use expert witnesses or rather one to plead their case. If a parent asks for an independant witness it is not allowed in court. That also a child late three times at school will have a social worker knocking at your door, and if you havent done that cleaning the children are removed. SO WRITE TO YOUR MP AND PUT A STOP TO STATE PARENTING - ALLOW PARENTS TO BE PARENTS AND STOP LABELLING ALL PARENTS AS ABUSERS.

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    Zoompad, Staffordshire  |  October 07 2008, 12:01PM

    "Are U.K. parents not aware that they and their children are part of a huge social engineering experiment being masterminded by the ideologues of Whitehall?" Yes, Charles, many of us are well aware - but what the heck can we do about it when we are all trapped in this totalitarium state that Britain has become? If we lived in a democratic country we might be able to put a stop to all this nonsense!

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