Child Protection pathways where concern for neglect or abuse - RHC ED

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Abstract

Pathways of care for:

  • Children presenting to the Emergency Department at RHC when there is a concern of Physical Abuse or Neglect
  • Children presenting to the Emergency Department at RHC when there is a concern of Sexual Abuse

These pathways are designed for use with patients attending the Emergency Department at RHC. If you have identified a child protection concern and despite these pathways are still unsure on what you should do, then please contact the Child Protection Service (86605) or the CP Consultant on call if out of hours.

If you are unsure whether there is a child protection concern and are not planning on raising a notification of concern with social work, you should firstly discuss with the responsible consultant.

Editorial Information

Last reviewed: 23 August 2019

Next review: 23 February 2020

Author(s): Dr Owen Forbes (Consultant in Child Protection and General Paeds)

Co-Author(s): Other stakeholders: Dr Joanne Stirling (Clinical lead for Paediatric Emergency Medicine); Correspondence author: Dr Steven Foster (Consultant Paediatric Emergency Medicine)

Approved By: Child Protection and Acute Paediatrics (Emergency and General Paediatrics)