Safeguarding In Practice

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Suitable for all professionals who interact with children in a healthcare setting.
Takes around 60 minutes.
Certificate for completing this course.

This online course aims to give the trainee an understanding of the processes involved in safeguarding children.  This includes understanding the terminology used in child protection, the timeline of an investigation and the roles of the multidisciplinary team. The course aims to take the participant through a child protection case from start to finish.

Course director

Bex Treleaven

ST3 Speciality Trainee in Paediatrics
Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Sarah Dawkins

Consultant Community Paediatrician
Swindon Community Paediatrics

Learning objectives

  1. Learn how to identify potential indicators of child abuse
  2. Learn how to take a focused paediatric medical history when suspecting a child may have been abused
  3. Consider the differential diagnosis of physical abuse and the investigations required during a child protection medical to identify these
  4. Learn how to take action when concerned a child may have been abused. Learn how to provide clear communication when discussing the case with a senior and other members of the safeguarding team  
  5. Learn about how a child safeguarding investigation is started, the team involved and how to manage the situation on the ward
  6. Have an understanding of the key terms used in child safeguarding and UK legislation.
  7. Learn how to write a child protection medical report

Level 1
  • Recognises potential indicators of child maltreatment.
  • Recognises the potential impact of parent / carer physical and mental health on the wellbeing of the child and young person.
  • Take appropriate action if they have concerns including appropriately reporting concerns and seeking advice.
Level 2
  • The trainee now understands the professional responsibility for safeguarding CYP, documenting accurately and raising concerns to senior staff in a professional manner. They role model excellent safeguarding practice to junior staff and consider environmental aspects that impact safeguarding (e.g. addictions and social deprivation).
  • Applies an understanding of consent and parental responsibility in relation to safeguarding examinations and the health needs of “looked after’ children. 
  • Recognises when families are vulnerable, distressed and in need of early support and intervention.
  • Applies knowledge of the adoption and fostering system to work effectively with fostered or adopted children in a range of settings. 
  • Conducts an assessment for possible maltreatment which incorporates attention to the broader family function and the child’s developmental, physical ad mental health status, recording findings accurately and reaching a conclusion about the nature of findings. 
  • Contributes to case conferences and strategy meetings.
Level 3
  • Independently leads the full process of safeguarding management for children, including assessment and reporting.
  • Contributes to interagency assessment, the gathering and sharing of information and where appropriate analysis of risk.
  • Ensures documentation is appropriate for safeguarding and legal processes.
  • Work effectively with and advise other agencies about the health management of individual children in child protection cases.

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