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Baby P report: Half of NHS staff not trained in child protection

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Worrying gaps in NHS child protection services in the wake of the Baby P case have been exposed by a Government-ordered review.

The report showed that only 54% of staff in each NHS trust who are supposed to be trained in child protection is fully up-to-date with their training.

Regulators labelled the statistic as ‘worryingly low’, adding that a mere 37% of trusts have a budget for training staff in this field.

Some 65% of GPs either have insufficient training or there is a lack of data to say whether they are trained or not, according to the report from the Care Quality Commission.

In 20 primary care trusts (PCTs), 10% or fewer GPs were trained to an appropriate level on this area while only six PCTs had 90% or more of their GPs properly trained.

This is despite the fact that around one in 10 GP consultations in 2007/08 were with children aged 14 or under.

Similarly, only 58% of A&E or urgent care staff have the child protection training they should have despite around three million children attending A&E each year.

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