The RCN has called on NHS employers to set aside time to train staff on child protection following the publication of the Care Quality Commission’s ‘Safeguarding Children’ report.
The Commission’s investigation into child protection in the NHS was prompted the death of Baby P, the subsequent report found that many NHS organisations are not providing adequate training.
Peter Carter, RCN general secretary, said: ‘Today’s report appears to cast a veil of shame over some health trusts’ attitude to child safety. Nurses have been saying for years that tragic cases like the death of Baby Peter happen when child protection is not top priority for those who manage health and social services.
‘Health professionals ask for regular child protection training, but their employers do not set aside the necessary time and money for it to happen. It is shocking that just half of eligible staff have the training they need to help protect children, and it sends the clear message that some boards are neglecting their responsibilities,’ he added.
Dr Rosalyn Proops, child protection officer for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, warned that healthcare professionals needed better support.
‘Named and designated doctors and nurses should provide professional advice and support, by working closely with both frontline staff and their trust boards.’
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