Anyone who has any form of contact with a child in any context is responsible for reporting a concern that they have in relation to the child’s safety. The ways in which it is identified that a child may be at risk will depend on the specific circumstances for each child and so there is no specific way of recognising that a child is at risk because the evidence that presents itself can be different each time.
When deciding if a child is at risk and whether this should be reported the person who would make the report should consider several questions:
Why is there a suspicion of abuse?
Is there any evidence of abuse?
Has anyone else got suspicions of abuse?
Has there been a disclosure of abuse?