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  • Numerous definitions of child abuse, basically something that an individual or institution does or fails to do that adversely affects a child ’ s wellbeing & development Stress can be act of omission as well as commission
  • If alerting feature prompts you to consider child maltreatment you should…(read from slide) Suspect maltreatment…(read from slide) Exclude maltreatment, if suitable explanation found. Maybe the conclusion after discussion with a more experienced colleague or from gathering further information Ensure at all stages you record all actions taken and the outcome
  • Explain the above process with timescales: Follow up verbal referral in writing within 2 working days Ensure that all staff are aware that if a child, parent or member of the public expresses concern about a child ’ s welfare, then the professional/employee MUST make the referral Decision within 24 hours Initial assessment completed within 7 days of referral. The person carrying it out must see or communicate with the child. Strategy Discussion regarding next course of action should be held within 24hrs, or without delay if there is immediate concern for the child Strategy discussion may decide that a strategy meeting maybe required. This should be held asap, but no later than 8 working days from the receipt of the referral Initial Child protection Conference should take place within 15 working days of the last strategy meeting/discussion
  • CU Child Protection Process

    1. 1. Child Protection ProcessChild protection processDr Alison Mott
    2. 2. Child Protection ProcessIntroduction• Child protection process starts fromrecognition of concern through tomultiagency plan to safeguard child• Child protection process varies across UK• All Wales Child Protection Procedures 2008is useful document
    3. 3. Child Protection Process• Protection of children from harm isresponsibility of all individuals andagencies working with children andfamilies• Effective protection requires agencies towork togetherIntroduction
    4. 4. Child Protection Process• Safeguarding children broader than childprotection• Safeguarding and promoting the welfare ofchildren– Protecting children from abuse and neglect– Preventing impairment of their health anddevelopment– Ensuring they receive safe and effective careIntroduction
    5. 5. Child Protection ProcessLearning outcomes• Understand responsibility of doctors inchild protection process• Understand child protection processto safeguard children
    6. 6. Child Protection ProcessWhat is Child Abuse?‘Somebody may abuse or neglect a child byinflicting harm, or by failing to act to preventharm. Children may be abused in a family or inan institutional or community setting; by thoseknown to them, or, more rarely, by a stranger.’Safeguarding Children: Working Together Under the Children Act 2004
    7. 7. Child Protection ProcessProtecting children and young people: theresponsibilities of all doctors GMC 2012• ‘All doctors must act on any concerns they haveabout safety or welfare of child and young person.’• ‘Doctors must have confidence to act: this isjustified as long as concerns are honestly held andreasonable, and appropriate action taken.’• www.gmc-uk.org/childprotection
    8. 8. Child Protection ProcessRecognition of child abuseand neglect• Health professionals need to be able torecognize child abuse and neglect, then acton their concerns• NICE guidelines identify alerting features ofchild maltreatment and ongoing action
    9. 9. Child Protection Process• CONSIDER– Look for other alerting features now or historical AND– Discuss concerns with colleague– Gather more information– Review child at appropriate time• SUSPECT– Refer to social services• EXCLUDE• Record actions/ outcomeWhen to suspect child maltreatmentNICE clinical guideline 2009
    10. 10. Child Protection ProcessThe Child Protection ProcessReceipt of referralInitial assessmentStrategy discussionStrategy meeting (where appropriate)Section 47 enquiries by social services and/or the policeInitial child protection conferencePreparation and implementation of a child protection planDecisionAcknowledgementFeedback
    11. 11. Child Protection ProcessMaking a referral for a child at risk• Is a professional and contractual obligation• Threshold is concern that the child may be at risk ofsignificant harm• Must be timely• Telephone referral followed by written referral within48 hours.• Use local referral form• Provide contact details• Refer to ‘All Wales Child Protection Procedures 2008’
    12. 12. Child Protection ProcessMaking a ‘Child In Need’ Referral• Refer if child in need of services from theLocal Authority• Parental Consent required.• Specify CIN on referral form• Same form (Multiagency Referral form)• Give as much detail as you can• You will be informed of outcome
    13. 13. Child Protection ProcessThe Assessment Framework
    14. 14. Child Protection ProcessAfter the referral• Whether child at risk or CIN you have a responsibilityto follow up your referral and check it has been actedupon• Always assist promptly with requests for further input• Attend Case Conferences and other meetings if youcan, or provide a written report• If called to attend court, don’t panic! Seek advicefrom colleagues, child protection professionals
    15. 15. Child Protection ProcessConclusion• Listen to child/ young person• Communicate effectively both within healthand between agencies• Document findings/ outcome• Follow through on concerns• Keep child focus
    16. 16. Child Protection ProcessFurther reading• All Wales Child Protection Procedures 2008• Safeguarding Children: Working Together Under theChildren Act 2004• When to Suspect Child Maltreatment Nice ClinicalGuideline 89, July 2009• Protecting children and young people: theresponsibilities of all doctors GMC 2012• www.core-info.cf.ac.uk

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