rcnThe Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has published a revised framework to identify, refer and handle safeguarding, so professionals can contribute to and make considered judgements in sensitive situations.

The guidance, Safeguarding Children and Young people: roles and competences for health care staff, sets out the minimum knowledge requirements for all healthcare staff, and includes specific sections on child trafficking, sexual exploitation and female genital mutilation, as well as outlining the key competencies and knowledge healthcare staff should possess for their level of expertise.

Fiona Smith, RCN children and young people adviser said: “We have to keep guidance up to date and relevant to reduce the likelihood of tragic child protection cases being repeated. It is the duty of healthcare organisations to ensure that all health staff have access to appropriate safeguarding training, learning opportunities, and support to facilitate their understanding of the clinical aspects of child welfare and information sharing – and this new guidance should help with that duty.”

The guidance, which has been produced by a cross-medical professional group led by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of GPs and Royal College of Anaesthetists, will be reviewed again in 2017. To access it, visit www.rcn.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/474587/Safeguarding_Children_-_Roles_and_Competences_for_Healthcare_Staff_02_0....pdf