Health professionals are well placed to identify families who need early help. They have an overview of issues affecting individual family members which may impact on a child’s welfare.
They are also in a position to co-ordinate the work of different agencies supporting children and families.
Health professionals in paediatric and accident and emergency (A&E) teams have a vital role to play in spotting and responding to some of the most severe forms of child abuse and neglect.
This briefing is based on case reviews published since 2013 which have highlighted lessons for health professionals to improve safeguarding practice.
Published: December 2015
Our series of thematic briefings highlight the learning from case reviews conducted when a child dies, or is seriously harmed, as a result of abuse or neglect. Each briefing focuses on a different topic or learning for specific sectors, pulling together key risk factors and practice recommendations.
We work with local safeguarding partners to ensure that learning from case reviews can be accessed and shared at a local, regional and national level.
Find out how you can apply the lessons from case reviews and improve your practice to help protect children and young people.
Browse through our list of child safeguarding practice reviews, serious case reviews, significant case reviews and child practice reviews which were added to the National case review repository between 2017 and 2023.
Lessons from case reviews published since 2013, highlighting learning for paediatric and accident and emergency teams in hospitals to improve safeguarding practice.
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