In addition to the barriers that the child experiences, there are silencing factors that can hinder professionals from reporting concerns as they should. These include:
- Their own previous experiences as a child, parent or professional
- Over‐identification with, or a reluctance to upset or anger parents
- Fear of the perpetrator
- Fear of getting it wrong or of losing control
- Fear of the consequences of being right
- Fear of being seen as a trouble-maker
- Lack of confidence or competence
- Lack of support from managers
- Busyness and having the time to think and deal with the matters
- The culture within the organisation such as school, college, setting
- The systems and processes for reporting concerns
- Assumptions about race and culture and the fear of appearing to be judgemental.
It is important that we keep the child at the centre of all that we do and that we don't allow these factors to get in the way or to hinder us from reporting concerns to our safeguarding lead in a timely manner.