The Ethics Of A Teaching Assistant

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As a teaching assistant, you’re in a good position to notice changes in pupils’ behaviour which may be a possible sign of abuse. Children or young people may also confide in you or allege that abuse has taken place. If you have been told something by a child or you are at all concerned, speak to either your class teacher or the school’s Child Protection or Safeguarding Officer. They’ll need to follow the school’s safeguarding policy and, if necessary, local authority guidelines for informing local services. Always keep a note of exactly what happened, and when it took place.
In situations where harm or abuse is suspected or alleged, it’s important to remember that all individuals need to be treated with respect and have their own rights. In any case of harm or abuse to children, all parties will have a right to be investigated through the correct channels and the outcome documented accordingly. They also have a right to confidentiality and those involved in any investigation should be reminded of this.
It’s extremely likely that, as a teacher, you will need to deal with bullying at some point. This may be because you notice children being picked on, or if you’re asked to ‘keep an eye’ on a particular situation following concerns by parents or the class teacher. Alternatively, you may find that children confide in you if they feel that they’re being bullied by others. There are a variety of different forms of bullying:
1 – Physical, for…

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