Child Protection Guidance 2021

Part 2A: Roles and responsibilities for child protection 51 National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2021 Version 1.0 September 2021 Lead Doctor for child protection 2.87 This senior clinician is usually a paediatrician who must have child protection expertise and experience in order to: • advise the health board on strategic child protection matters • contribute to the development of child protection strategic planning arrangements, standards and guidelines with the Chief/Consultant/Lead Nurse both on an intra- and inter-agency basis • advise and support providers, child protection health professionals, local authority children’s services, local public protection partnerships, and local integrated Health and Social Care Partnerships • contribute to the work of the Child Protection Committee and subgroups • provide clinical leadership to medical staff, and other clinicians delivering child protection services Child Protection Advisor (CPA) 2.88 Child Protection Advisors are registered nurses or midwives who have undertaken specialist further education in child protection. 2.89 CPAs will: • support the Chief/Consultant/Lead Nurse in delivering the child protection service across the Board area, both in an intra- and inter-agency basis • provide advice and support on child protection to all health employees, clinicians and practitioners from partner agencies • assist in the design, planning and implementation of child protection policies and protocols for their Board. They may also represent the Board at Child Protection Committee and relevant subgroups 2.90 In addition, they may: • take a lead role in the planning and delivery of child protection training to all healthcare practitioners, both single- and multi-agency • participate in inter-agency meetings where appropriate, for example in the development of Child Protection Plans Paediatricians with a Special Interest in Child Protection (PwSICP) 2.91 These are paediatricians who support the clinical child protection service and the Lead Doctor for child protection. They provide: • operational child protection services, including management of the child protection rota. They can undertake child protection related medical examinations • support for peer review and advice for colleagues in the clinical assessment and care of children and young people where there are child protection concerns • liaison between hospital and community staff for child protection