Education provision - Safeguarding

Learning opportunities and guidance for paediatricians and other child health professionals in the complex and sensitive area of safeguarding.

About

The College works to protect children from harm by providing doctors with the essential competencies required in their child protection practice. Child protection continues to evolve, with particular changes in knowledge and focus occurring in the last 10 years. As a result there is a necessity for updating and further training in child protection matters.

These courses are not mandatory, but meet the RCPCH quality criteria and standards, and support your continuing professional development (CPD).

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Competences

Our safeguarding programmes have been developed and updated in line with the latest competences published in 2014:

Level 1: All staff including non-clinical managers and staff working in health care settings

Level 2: Minimum level required for non-clinical and clinical staff who have some degree of contact with children and young people and/or parents/carers

Level 3: Clinical staff working with children, young people and/or their parents/carers and who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and evaluating the needs of a child or young person and parenting capacity where there are safeguarding/child protection concerns

Level 4: Named professionals

Level 5: Designated professionals

Level 6: Experts

In addition to the paediatric curriculum requirements, the College would advise the following:

  • Trainees at ST1-3 should achieve the competences listed at levels 1 and 2 of the intercollegiate guidance
  • Trainees at ST4-5 should achieve the majority of the competences listed at level 3
  • Trainees at ST6-8 should be competent as per level 3 of the intercollegiate guidance, including the additional competences listed for paediatricians at level 3.

Face to Face Courses

Child Protection Examination to Court (2 days)
Audience: Level 3, Consultant Paediatricians, Paediatric Trainees ST6-8 & SAS Doctors
 
Emotional Abuse and Maltreatment (1 day)
Audience: Level 3, Consultant Paediatricians, Paediatric Trainees ST6-8 & SAS Doctors
 
Exploitation of Vulnerable Children (1 day)
Audience: Level 3, Consultant Paediatricians, Paediatric Trainees ST6-8 & SAS Doctors
 
FII and Perplexing Presentations (1 day)
Audience: Level 3, Consultant Paediatricians, Paediatric Trainees ST6-8, SAS Doctors, Nurses & Social Workers
 
FGM in Children: Overcoming challenges faced by health care professionals (1 day)
Audience: Level 3, including Child Protection Paediatricians, Paediatric Gynaecologists, Nurses and Midwives examining children
 
Statement and Report Writing (1 day)
Audience: Level 3, Consultant Paediatricians, Paediatric Trainees ST6-8 & SAS Doctors
 
Blended face to face and e-learning for Named and Designated Paediatricians (2 days)
Audience: Levels 4-5, Named and Designated Paediatricians
 
Expert Witness in Child Protection: Developing excellence (2 days)
Audience: Level 6, All paediatricians who are acting as, or thinking of becoming, expert witnesses

 To book and browse forthcoming RCPCH Courses

E-learning

ELFH - Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Young People

Audience: Level 1, All healthcare professionals who have some contact with children 

ELFH - Recognition, Response and Record

Audience: Level 2, All healthcare professionals working with children and young people 

ELFH - Female Genital Mutilation

Audience: Level 2, All healthcare professionals working with children and young people 

ALSG - Child Protection in Practice

Audience: Level 3, Paediatricians in training (ST 4-7) and others including GPs, A&E, specialties 

ELFH - Maintaining and Updating Competences

Audience: Level 3, Paediatricians in training (ST 4-7) and others including GPs, A&E, specialties 

Compass - Female Genital Mutilation

Audience: Level 3, All healthcare professionals working with children and young people 

Further resources

Safeguarding modules within the Healthy Child Programme.

Safeguarding modules in MindEd (follow the link and select MindEd Healthy Child Mental Health Framework)

Contact us

Education & Professional Development Team

Email: education.provision@rcpch.ac.uk

Telephone: 020 7092 6000

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