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Young people may be afraid to talk about their concerns
The child may fear of the consequences either through direct physical threats like beatings or the withdrawal of food or through emotional threats such as:
'No one will believe you'
'Your friends will know all your secrets'
'You will be taken away from your family and put into care'
'You will break up the family'
Your NGB complaints procedure will outline who should be deal with minor misconduct issues, but if concerns remain you should refer to and follow the complaints and disciplinary process within the sport.
The DLP can consult with statutory authorities for advice
If the DLP is unsure whether reasonable grounds for concern exist s/he can informally consult with the local statutory agencies. S/he will be advised whether or not the matter requires a formal report.)
You should always include your own opinion of what has happened when recording a young person’s disclosure
Key points to remember when recording information in relation to safeguarding.
• Record keeping is of critical importance
• Recording should avoid: use of judgmental language and giving your personal opinion.
• Recording should be factual, accurate and legible using the child's exact words