Historical Abuse Allegations
Adult and children may make allegations of child abuse after the abuse has occurred, in some cases many years afterwards. All such allegations should be investigated.
1. Historical Abuse Allegations from an Adult
1.1 When an adult makes a disclosure to a professional that s/he suffered abuse as a child, the professional to whom the disclosure is made should:
1.2 Where it is believed that the alleged perpetrator has contact with a child a referral should 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 perpetrator has contact.
1.3 Where an adult making a disclosure chooses not to make a formal complaint to the Police, the adult should be advised of the possible to risk to children. The adult should be advised that the information will be shared and a referral made to children’s social care. If the adult wishes for his/her identity to remain anonymous this must be respected, however, they should also be asked if they would be willing to talk with a representative of children’s social care to enable them to seek to safeguard any other child who may be at risk.
1.4 Where the professional remains concerned about issues in relation of consent and confidentiality s/he should liaise with his/her Manager or Named Person for Child Protection.
2. Historical Abuse Allegations from a Child/Young Person
2.1 Any historical abuse allegation from a child/young person is to be treated as if it is recent in terms of appropriate response to the child and their needs.
2.2 In relation to the alleged perpetrator and other children who may be at risk, the same principles as above apply.