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Baby P report must spark culture change in child protection, says RCN

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The RCN says there needs to be a culture change in child protection services in the wake of the Baby P case so that staff can express concerns without fear of being wrong.

A highly critical report into the death of Baby P was published this week by the Healthcare Commission, Ofsted and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary.

In response to the report, RCN general secretary Peter Carter said: ‘It is up to child protection services to create a culture where it is acceptable for staff to express their concerns and reservations if they suspect a child is at risk.

‘People are worried about saying something that turns out to be false, but child protection is not a precise science. If all professionals have clinical supervision then the individuals involved have a forum to express their suspicion before deciding how to take things forward,’ he said.

Mr Carter added that the RCN was aware that many health professionals working with children had not been able to access the training they required due to the raiding of training budgets.

‘We urge all health professionals working with children to get in touch with the RCN or their relevant professional body if they do not have access to mandatory training or if they feel that their concerns are not being heard,’ he said.

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