This week I attended Child Protection Training, something that I hope I never have to put into action, but interesting and important to keep up to date.
Two of the most important points of information I came away with is that if a child wishes to confide in me I should at first inform them that I would have to pass the information on. The second point was that I shouldn’t take any pictures of suspected injuries or bruising, this is something that I think many people would consider worth doing. However it is best left in the hand of the professionals who have the correct equipment.
The advice that you should inform the child that the information they are going to give you will be passed on also surprised me. Surely a child may then not confide and this may be the case. But the child still has your trust and may come back and talk to you, and you can still report that a child approached you and wanted to confide.
We all have different opinions and views but when it comes to Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Emotional Abuse and Neglect we would probably all agree that this is not acceptable and the care of the child should be central.
If you did have concerns about a child you should report it to police, and social work would rather find your concern unfounded than it not be raised at all.
There is some excellent information on Aberdeerdeenshire Council’s website about Child Protection – what to look out for and how to report your concerns.
I am sure all Council’s have similar sites – but remember if you think a child is at immediate risk you can call the police.
In January this year I took the decision to close the nappy laundry side of my business after 8 years.
Over the 8 years I have enabled families across the North-east to use cloth nappies. Some families used the service from birth to potty training for one child, some for multiple children and some used the service to get them through difficult or busy period in their lives. But as access to cloth nappies has increased and they have become easier to use and launder the demand for the service decreased.
So there it is: The Nappy Laundry Company no longer offers laundry services.
Many people have asked me if I am keeping my name and the answer is YES! The Nappy Laundry has been around for 8 years and has become a recognised name. We still offer cloth nappies that you launder and a range of fantastic laundry products.
Over two years ago I successfully branched out into babywearing products. For the past two years The Nappy Laundry Company has been the only business in the North-east to offer a wide range of carriers and consultancy. As this market has expanded I have recently been joined by a number of other consultants in Aberdeen as well as a the NCT sling library. These are exciting times for babywearing and I hope this new explosion of services will raise interest and in turn help raise the profile of The Nappy Laundry Company’s baby carrying consultancy services.
My logo for The Nappy Laundry shows a baby in a sling so I decided that I would keep both my logo and name. It’s an exciting time in cloth nappies and babywearing and I look forward to continuing to help new parents on their journey.
I hope you can join me too.