Conservatives highlight child protection flaws

Two thirds of hospital trusts do not routinely check when an injured child comes to A&E to see if that child is subject to a child protection plan, according to the Conservatives.

Andrew Lansley (Photograph: J H Lancey)
Andrew Lansley (Photograph: J H Lancey)

Just one in seven hospitals are able to make any sort of online check on whether the injured child has a child protection plan, Freedom of Information Act responses from 120 trusts show.

The Conservatives also found that 10% of clinical A&E staff have not received adequate child protection training.

Andrew Lansley, Conservative shadow health secretary, said: ‘It is deeply worrying that some very basic checks to protect our most vulnerable children are not in place in A&E.

‘The NHS is doing its best but Labour's child protection system is clearly confused. Many hospitals are getting incoherent messages about what to do to prevent tragedies like the Baby P case from happening again. And it's unacceptable that others just don't have access to the information they need to make adequate checks.'

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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