Safeguarding Children in Primary Care

Safeguarding Children in Primary Care

General practitioners (GPs) and primary healthcare teams are best placed to spot the early signs of child abuse and neglect. They have an overview of issues affecting individual members of a family which, in combination, may impact on a child’s welfare. They are also in a position to co-ordinate the work of different agencies supporting children and families NSPCC (2015). Learning for Primary Care teams from Serious Case Reviews following poor outcomes for children, whilst highlighting areas of good practice, also identify areas where safeguaring practice may be improved. An NSPCC summary of key learning for Primary Care can be accessed here.

Useful resources:

Nigel's surgery: Clearing up some common myths about our Care Quality Commission inspections of GP and out-of-hours services and sharing agreed guidance to best practice can be accessed here.

Brook Sexual Behaviour Traffic Light Tool: This tool supports professionals working with children and young people by helping them to identify and respond appropriately to sexual behaviours.

The tool uses a traffic light system to categorise the sexual behaviours of young people and is designed to help professionals:

  • Make decisions about safeguarding children and young people
  • Assess and respond appropriately to sexual behaviour in children and young people
  • Understand healthy sexual development and distinguish it from harmful behaviour




Last modified: 

13 Jul 2018