Two thirds of hospital trusts fail to routinely check if injured children coming into A&E are subject to a child protection plan, despite Baby P tragedy, a survey by the Conservatives has revealed.
An investigation into the procedures on child protection in A&E departments across all NHS Trusts in England by the Conservative Partyrevealed that many hospital staff were confused about checks that should be made.
‘We do not have direct access to any of the child protection plans for social services of any of the four areas we serve,’ and ‘under existing guidelines it is not permitted for staff to routinely check whether a child is subject to a child protection plan,’ were among the reasons given for not carrying out the routine checks.
The survey also revealed that 10% of clinical A&E hospital staff have not received adequate child protection training.
Conservative Party Shadow Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley said: ‘Many hospitals are getting incoherent messages about what to do to prevent tragedies like the Baby P case from happening again.’
Commenting on Labour’s plans for a new database of all children to avoid a recurrence of the Baby P case, Mr Lansley added: ‘A far better solution would be to make sure basic checks are maintained in A&E and that other hospitals learn from those that are doing well so that children who are really at risk are identified before it’s too late.’
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