Safeguarding Training for GPs

Level 3 safeguarding training for qualified GPs

Over a three-year period, professionals should receive refresher training equivalent to a minimum of 6 hours (for those at Level 3 core this equates to a minimum of 2 hours per annum)

Training at level 3 will include the training required at level 1 and 2 and will negate the need to undertake refresher training at levels 1 and 2 in addition to level 3

Training, education and learning opportunities should be multi-disciplinary and inter-agency, and delivered internally and externally.

It should include personal reflection and scenario-based discussion,drawing on case studies, serious case reviews, lessons from research and audit, as well as communicating with children about what is happening. This should be appropriate to the speciality and roles of the participants.

Organisations should consider encompassing safeguarding/child protection learning within regular multi-professional and/or multi-agency staff meetings, vulnerable

child and family meetings, clinical updating, clinical audit, reviews of critical incidents and significant unexpected events, and peer discussions

Educational sessions could be a combination of e-learning, personal reflection and discussion in clinical meetings or attendance at internal or external outside training courses.

Training can be tailored by organisations to be delivered annually or once every 3 years and encompass a blended learning approach

Learning outcomes

  • To be able to identify possible signs of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or neglect using child and family-focused approach.
  • To be able to know what constitutes child maltreatment including the effects of carer/parental behaviour on children and young people.
  • To be able to demonstrate a clear understanding, as appropriate to role, of forensic procedures in child maltreatment, and knowing how to relate these to practice in order to meet clinical and legal requirements as required.
  • Where undertaking forensic examinations as part of their role, to be able to demonstrate an ability to undertake forensic procedures and demonstrate how to present the findings and evidence to legal requirements
  • To be able to know how to undertake, where appropriate, a risk and harm assessment.
  • To be able to know how to communicate effectively with children and young people, and to know how to ensure that they have the opportunity to participate in decisions affecting them as appropriate to their age and ability.
  • To be able to know how to contribute to, and make considered judgements about how to act to safeguard/protect a child or young person.
  • To be able to know how to contribute to/formulate and communicate effective management plans for children and young people who have been maltreated.
  • To be able to demonstrate an understanding of the issues surrounding misdiagnosis in safeguarding/child protection and to know how to effectively manage diagnostic uncertainty and risk.
  • To be able to know how to appropriately contribute to inter-agency assessments by gathering and sharing information.
  • To be able to document concerns in a manner that is appropriate for safeguarding/child protection and legal processes.
  • To be able to know how to undertake documented reviews of your own (and/or team) safeguarding/child protection practice as appropriate to role. (This can be undertaken in various ways, such as through audit, case discussion, peer review, and supervision and as a component of refresher training.)
  • To be able to know how to deliver and receive supervision within effective models of supervision and /or peer review, and be able to recognise the potential personal impact of safeguarding/ child protection work on professionals.

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