The Child Protection Practice Manual: Training Practitioners How to Safeguard Children

ISBN : 9780198707707

Gayle Hann; Caroline Fertleman
304 ページ
129 x 196 mm

Around 85 children die each year in the UK due to abuse or neglect. A number of these deaths are later deemed preventable because the child involved was known to either social services or to a health professional. Cases such as those of Baby P and Victoria Climbie highlighted the failings of these organisations, ones set up to safeguard children. It is the responsibility of every health professional worldwide to identify and respond to child abuse and yet that very responsibility is both emotionally and strategically challenging. The Child Protection Practice Manual: Training practitioners how to safeguard children equips professionals with the ability to recognise a child at risk and the knowledge of how to work with a child already suffering abuse. Practical advice is offered on how to navigate the multi-disciplinary processes. Fictional case studies and exercises immerse the reader in scenarios. Building on this, the authors lead readers through learning points, recommendations, and legislation. With new definitions in child protection ranging from child sexual exploitation, gang violence, radicalisation and internet bullying through to female genital mutilation, witchcraft and spirit possession, honour based violence and forced marriage, this book will be a valuable resource for qualified paediatricians and those in training, as well as professionals who have contact with children such as GPs, nurses, health visitors, social workers, midwives, teachers, lawyers, and community workers.


1. The History of child protection and child abuse in the UK: How did we get here?

2. Child protection and the law

3. The consequences of child maltreatment and the public health perspective

4. Challenges to professionals working in child protection

5. Definitions and types of abuse

6. Physical abuse

7. Sexual abuse

8. Emotional abuse

9. Neglect

10. Other types of abuse

11. New challenges in child protection

12. Child maltreatment and cultural competence

13. Child protection in primary care

14. Acute presentations: child protection in the emergency department

15. Child protection medicals (assessing children in whom there are concerns about child maltreatment)

16. The safeguarding process: putting the jigsaw together

17. Medical record keeping

18. Communicating concerns to parents

19. Appearing in court

20. Child protection training

21. Child protection: when things go wrong - Serious Case Reviews

22. Child protection in low resource settings

Appendix 1: Social Care Referral Guidance and Example

Appendix 2: Child Protection Medical Assessment

Appendix 3: Format for a statement to court

Appendix 4: Guidance on Completing a Police Statement and Sample Police Statement

Appendix 5: Brief guidelines on Chain of Evidence

Appendix 6: Body Maps

Appendix 7: Discharge Planning Meeting Proforma


Dr Gayle Hann worked as a research psychologist for Cornwall Alcohol and Drugs Agency after graduating from the University of Plymouth. She spent many years working in orphanages in Romania. She retrained as a doctor at the University of Sheffield, graduating in 2002. She is a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. She has been a consultant at the North Middlesex University Hospital since 2013 and is the named doctor for child protection and the lead for paediatric emergency medicine. In addition to her paediatric workload she is a senior lecturer at University College London.; Dr Caroline Fertleman has been a consultant Paediatrician at The Whittington Hospital since 2005. As part of her remit she led for Child Protection Training in the trust and has been the most experienced trainer in London for the Child Protection Recognition and Response course running many courses to date and training many faculty. She has developed safeguarding training for undergraduates and has led on improving work based placed assessments particularly in the area of child protection training at a national level. Besides her NHS role as a paediatrician she holds three other paid educational roles; She is a training programme director for paediatrics (North East, North Central London), the site sub-dean for UCL Medical School at the Whittington Campus and honorary senior lecturer at the UCL Institute of Child Health as co-director of the iBSc in Paediatrics and Child Health.