Domain 2:

Safety and Quality: SEA - Child Protection

It is recommended that primary care doctors should undergo training in child protection every 3 years.

You should also demonstrate that you reflect upon and learn from cases in which you are involved.

You should include:

  • Evidence of recent training in child protection issues.
  • A significant event analysis for any child protection case that you have been involved with.  This analysis should at the least consider issues of recognition of abuse, local procedures, inter-agency communication, and documentation.

The RCGP and NSPCC have collaborated to produce a toolkit "Safeguarding Children and Young People" which can be downloaded.

Options for training are:

  • Face-to-face courses.
  • On-line courses. hosts a module, as does BMJ learning.
  • In-practice modules.  RCGP has developed two modules (for members only) designed for use by practice teams, but which those who were unable to attend a team event could use independently.  Details appear on the RCGP website.

The RCGP Child Protection Resource

General Practitioners and their teams have the unique potential to recognise children who are vulnerable, and to intervene in their care to make them safer. But many doctors are reluctant to become drawn into safeguarding children, fearing the negative impact on the doctor-family relationship, their own knowledge gaps, and the workload and responsibility involved.

This toolkit has been developed, in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, by doctors with an interest in safeguarding children in Primary Care. It has been piloted for use within Primary Care, and can easily be delivered as a learning package in Practice In-House Learning sessions.

The toolkit offers guidance to Practices on how to establish procedures within the Practice to ensure that children are made safer, guidance on best practice, and offers scenario-tested learning to see if those procedures work in the reality of consultation. It will offer links to other resources which will help Practices use the most up to date guidance on recognition and management of child abuse and neglect.

Andrew Mowat JSFP (Lead Clinician)

If you are a sessional doctor having completed child protection training, you should consider how you will ensure that you are aware of the local protocols.


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