Safeguarding Children and Young People – Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff


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“The Second Joint Chief Inspector’s Report on arrangements to Safeguard Children published in July 2005 identified the need for NHS organisations to have clear guidance on role definitions and specifications for named and designated health professionals who have specific responsibility for child protection.

Safeguarding children and young people: roles and competencies for health care staff produced by the Royal Colleges and professional organisations will be a valuable tool for NHS organisations and others in clarifying the competencies required by these doctors, nurses and midwives as well as identifying the competency levels required by all health staff to safeguard children. It supplements the information set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2006, and has been developed with advice from Skills for Health.

We are delighted to commend this document to you as a means of supporting Primary Care Trusts, NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts in meeting their duty to make arrangements to safeguard children and promote their welfare set out in section 11 of the Children Act 2004.”

Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer
Professor Christine Beasley CBE, Chief Nursing Officer