What to do during a disclosure from a child

OOSH Educators build strong trusting relationships with children and on occasions children will disclose information that is sometime confronting. These occasions require sensitivity, as well as:

  • Giving the child your full attention.
  • Maintaining a calm appearance.
  • Don’t be afraid of saying the “wrong” thing.
  • Reassure the child it is right to tell.
  • Accept the child will disclose only what is comfortable and recognise the bravery/strength of the child for talking about something that is difficult.
  • Let the child take his or her time.
  • Don’t make promises you can’t keep.
  • Let the child use his or her own words.
  • Tell the child what you plan to do next.
  • Never confront the perpetrator.