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Introduction: Attaining and Maintaining Safeguarding Competences course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
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eLearning for Healthcare
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This introduction sets the scene for eight further Level 3 Safeguarding Children and Young People sessions. Each session examines a common safeguarding scenario. You will explore what safeguarding children means for you as a member of clinical staff working with children, young people and/or their parents/carers and how you work with others to protect children and promote their health and well-being.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session you should be able to:

  • Define your role as a health care professional in relation to safeguarding children
  • Identify any gaps in your current level of knowledge and skills in relation to safeguarding children

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should:

  • Have completed equivalent uni- or multi-agency training at level 2 and be able to demonstrate competence at that level
  • Be working with children, young people and/or their parents/carers, contributing to assessing, planning, intervening and evaluating the needs of a child or young person and parenting capacity where there are safeguarding/child protection concerns

The sessions in this module will address many but not all of the competencies required at level 3. These sessions are designed to complement other forms of training at level 3; face-to-face, multiagency and specific training in certain areas, for example, forensic medicine, as set out in the ICD.

Instructors / Speakers
Peter Sidebotham,
Consultant Paediatrician (Retired)

Peter Sidebotham was a Consultant Paediatrician and Associate Professor of Child Health at the University of Warwick. He was the designated doctor for safeguarding for Warwickshire PCT since retired.

Dr Sidebotham trained in General and Community Paediatrics and he has been influential in establishing child protection systems and child death review in Bristol and Warwickshire, as well as sitting on the college child protection standing committee, and other regional and national bodies.

His PhD, looking at child abuse in the ALSPAC cohort study is one of the largest UK studies of risk factors for maltreatment. He has gone on to undertake research in child protection and child deaths leading to several influential papers and a book on unexpected death in childhood. He has led the development of a range of training materials and courses including National Training on Child Death Review, Safeguarding Training for Dentists, Court Skills for Paediatricians and the University of Warwick MSc in Child Health. He is on the editorial boards for Child Abuse and Neglect and Child Abuse Review.

Dr Sidebotham is part of the national panel for safeguarding practice reviews.

Introduction: Attaining and Maintaining Safeguarding Competences course for GPs
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Children and young peoples health
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