RCN urges mandatory training in wake of Baby P case

Health professionals working with children have been urged to contact the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) if they do not have access to mandatory training in the wake of the Baby P case.

Dr Peter Carter (Photograph: Steffan Hill)
Dr Peter Carter (Photograph: Steffan Hill)

The abuse and death of the 17-month-old boy known for legal reasons as Baby P in Haringey, London, once again dominated the headlines this week.

RCN chief executive and general secretary Dr Peter Carter said: ‘We have been calling for government action to improve the dire state of child protection services in many parts of the country. It’s the child protection postcode lottery that failed Victoria Climbie in 2000 and it’s the same postcode lottery that has failed Baby P.

‘We know that many health professionals who work with children have not been able to access the training they require since the raid on training budgets during the deficits crisis.

‘We urge all health professionals working with children to get in touch with the RCN or their relevant professional body if they do not have access to mandatory training or if they feel that their concerns are not being heard.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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