GPs lack child protection training, regulator warns

Barely a third of GPs are up to date in their child protection training, the Care Quality Commission has warned.

All NHS staff who have regular contact with children are supposed to have reached 'level 2' of child safeguarding training.

This requires them to be able to recognise child abuse and know who to inform of any concerns.

But the regulator's national review of child safeguarding in the NHS found that just 35% of GPs have reached this level.

Also only half (54%) of NHS staff have reached the more basic level expected of all NHS staff.

Cynthia Bower, the CQC's chief executive, said it was 'clear that safeguarding has not been as high on the agenda of trust boards as it should have been. In some cases NHS staff have not been given the support they need.

'If that were to change, it would be an appropriate legacy for Baby Peter,' she added.


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