Safeguarding children

Review the key principles around safeguarding with this course worth 1 CME credit. With the conditions created by COVID-19, now more than ever healthcare professionals need to be alert to signs of child abuse.

6 Modules

Definitions and case reports

This section explains the key definitions around safeguarding and child abuse, and highlights the scale and consequences of child maltreatment.

4 items

How to recognise abuse?

This section lists factors that should alert you to the possibility of abuse. These factors do not necessarily indicate that a child has been abused, but they should heighten suspicions.

What to do if you are worried a child is being abused?

This section provides practical steps on how to act in cases of suspected abuse as underpinned by child protection guidance.

How to share information safely?

This section explores key principles on when and how information should be shared in cases of child protection.

What happens when social services or the police are involved?

This section summarises the next stages of a child protection investigation, involvement of social services and/or the police. It includes helpful flow charts of the different processes.

What are the training requirements for GPs and staff members?

This section gives an overview of the competency framework and highlights what good practice looks like.

What you'll learn

  • The key definitions around safeguarding and child abuse.
  • The scale and consequences of child maltreatment.
  • Factors that should alert you to the possibility of abuse.
  • Key principles on when and how information should be shared in cases of child protection.
  • Practical steps on how to act in cases of suspected abuse, as underpinned by child protection guidance.
  • The broad processes involved in child protection investigations.
  • What good practice looks like for healthcare professionals.

The Instructors

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Editorial team, Wilmington Healthcare