“The central medical task in child protection is a comprehensive paediatric assessment. It should be conducted with the same thoroughness and attention to detail as you would any potentially life-threatening medical condition” (Victoria Climbie Inquiry 2003).
The assessment should be carried out by an experienced paediatrician (consultant, associate specialist, staff grade, or specialist registrar working under consultant supervision). We use the same structured approach recommended in the RCPCH/ALSG Child Safegaurding Training.
The degree of urgency depends on the nature of the concerns:
Before you begin: