This is what I wrote for mine:
- when it is suspected that a crime has been or may be committed
When looking at this, it is important to first define what crime is. Crime can cover anything from DVD piracy and benefit fraud to involvement with drugs or prostitution, theft, burglary or robbery or even general violence and murder.
When working in a childcare setting, building up trust with a family is of paramount importance. Without this trust, the child and his/her family is not going to be willing to share information which may potentially make a huge positive difference to their lives. Bearing this mind, it is generally advised that a turning a blind eye to crime may be for the best, unless it is affecting the emotional or physical well-being of the child or young person.
If however the problem is that child has commited a crime, be it shop-lifting, theft, drugs or violence, this then becomes a child protection issue as one minor crime may lead on to a more serious one, introducing the child or young person to dangerous people. Questions also need to be asked about whether the child’s parents are aware of these activities, and if not, the issue may be one of neglect.