COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: NSPCC hones child protection skills for healthcare workers

The NSPCC has launched a child protection awareness programme to alert healthcare workers, from receptionists to GPs, to the signs of child abuse.

The initiative comes immediately after the Government's Children's Green Paper, which promises improvements in child protection training for professionals.

The NSPCC's new EduCare distance learning programme claims to be the first to address child protection techniques for the full breadth of healthcare workers.

The pack attempts to raise awareness of the signs of child abuse among hundreds of thousands of healthcare staff and stimulate interest in in-depth training.

NSPCC head of child protection training and consultancy Enid Hendry said: "Everyone has a role to play in recognising and reporting suspected child abuse and in supporting families under stress, so having an understanding of child protection is essential."

The move aims to meet what is described as a worrying lack of consistency in child protection training. The organisation claims that many doctors have little or no up-to-date child protection training and there is no nationally agreed skills set.

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