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Level 1
• Recognising potential indicators of child maltreatment – physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and neglect
• Recognising the potential impact of a parent/carer’s physical and mental health on the well-being of a child or young person
• Taking appropriate action if they have concerns, including appropriately reporting concerns and seeking advice

Level 2
• Uses professional and clinical knowledge, and understanding of what constitutes child maltreatment, to identify any signs of child abuse or neglect
• Acts as an effective advocate for the child or young person
• Recognises the potential impact of a parent’s / carer’s physical and mental health on the well being of a child or young person
• Clear about own and colleagues’ roles, responsibilities, and professional boundaries
• Able to refer as appropriate to the role to social care if a safeguarding/child protection concern is Identified
• Documents safeguarding concerns in order to be able to inform the relevant staff and agencies as necessary, maintains appropriate record-keeping, and differentiates between fact and opinion
• Shares appropriate and relevant information with other teams
• Acts in accordance with key statutory and non-statutory guidance and legislation including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Human Rights Act

Level 3
• Draws on child and family-focused clinical and professional knowledge and expertise of what constitutes child maltreatment, to identify signs of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or neglect
• Will have professionally relevant core and case-specific clinical competencies
• Contributes to inter-agency assessments, the gathering and sharing of information, and where appropriate analysis of risk
• Documents concerns in a manner that is appropriate for safeguarding/child protection and legal processes
• Undertakes regular documented reviews of own (and/or team) safeguarding/child protection practice as appropriate to role (in various ways, such as through audit, case discussion, peer review, and supervision and as a component of refresher training)
• Contributes to serious case reviews/case management reviews/significant case reviews, and child death review processes
• Works with other professionals and agencies, with children, young people, and their families when there are safeguarding concerns
• Advises other agencies about the health management of individual children in child protection cases
• Applies the lessons learned from audit and serious case reviews/case management reviews / significant case reviews to improve practice
• Advises others on appropriate information sharing

Useful links
RCGP Children and Young People Toolkit
Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board
Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures Manual

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Free