Specific guidance for other health professionals allied to medicine
This section of the guidance relates specifically to professionals such as:
- Clinical Psychologists
- Speech and Language Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Counselling professionals
- Hospital based pharmacists
This procedure should be read in conjunction with the relevant Trust safeguarding procedure and followed in all cases of child abuse and suspected child abuse.
Take appropriate action to ensure the safety of the child and other siblings in the household
Discuss with Named or Designated Nurse or Team Manager
Establish whether a Child Protection Plan is in place, via Children’s and Young Peoples Services for the child and siblings
Refer by telephone to the local Children’s and Young Peoples Services or the Emergency Duty Team if out of hours.
Be open with parents / carers about the need for referral and where possible obtain parental consent for referral to children’s social care unless this would place the child at increased risk of abuse. The interests of the child are paramount and initiating child protection procedures should not be prevented by failure to obtain consent.
in all cases of suspected deliberate harm immediate referral should be made to the Children’s and Young Peoples Services or Emergency Duty Team if out of hours:
- a telephone referral must be confirmed in writing within 48 hours
- ensure that all relevant professional records are completed within 24 hours, to include dates, times, full signature and designation
- the entries must also include details of all discussions, decisions, actions agreed and responsibility for carrying out the actions. Any difference of opinion should be clearly stated and recorded
- the head of the department should be informed of the factual information relating to the case and the action taken
- attend Child Protection Conference as required and submit a report outlining your involvement with the child/family to the chair of the conference