Other health professionals

Other health professionals

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
  • Orthoptists
  • Dieticians
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Podiatrists
  • 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 Safeguarding Standards Unit for the child and siblings

Refer by telephone to the Initial Response Service 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 Initial Response Service 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

The Designated or Named Nurse or Team Manager can be contacted for further advice and support.