This paper aims to establish the potential benefits and feasibility of clinical networks for child protection health services.
Managed clinical networks can:
- provide robust arrangements across organisations
- ensure equitable access to specialist advice
- ensure access to high quality training, development and support
- facilitate strategy development, governance and quality improvement.
The paper gives background information on the project and on the concept of clinical networks. It then explores the problem of inequitable access to specialist clinical skills and experience for the provision of advice on complex presentations to local clinicians, and for conducting Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) assessments.