Teachers and other EIS members working in educational establishments must follow the guidelines of their authorities to protect children who are subject to direct abuse/violence or emotional or sexual abuse.

Local Authority on Child Protection will be readily available in all establishments.

EIS members may well be the first port of call for a young person in an abusive situation. Teaching staff have faced irate parents, partners, carers and relatives turning up at school to take a child away.

They have faced distressed children who have been moved from abusive situations and are acting out their distress in a variety of ways, sometimes passively and sometimes aggressively. Children and young people in such circumstances are very vulnerable and require support.

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