Overview of risk factors and learning for improved practice for all professionals working in the health sector
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