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Safeguarding children: audit of staff knowledge

01 May 2008

Paediatric Nursing


Following the publication in 2006 of ‘Working together to safeguard children’ (HM Government 2006), an audit was undertaken to assess the working knowledge of...

Safeguarding children through police checks: a discussion

01 November 2004

Paediatric Nursing


The disclosure of police-held criminal records of nurses working with children and those undergoing education for this role is a well-established process. Although...

Child protection: defining ‘harm’

01 November 2003

Paediatric Nursing

Ethics & Law

The definition of ‘harm’ in the Children Act 1989 has been amended by S.120 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002, quoted below.

Pseudo children: a cause for concern?

01 July 2003

Paediatric Nursing


Two adults claiming to be children were admitted to a children’s ward in a district general hospital in London, within a week of each other. This phenomenon poses a...

Using a computerised patient-alert system

01 April 2013

Emergency Nurse

Art & Science

The information technology systems used in most modern emergency departments alert staff to patients who require special management, including those with infections...

Children’s educational rights: protected or undermined?

01 March 2005

Learning Disability Practice

Practice & research

The 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of Children is a framework for involving children in making decisions that affect them. Although not legally binding, all the...

Problems in identifying cases of child neglect

31 March 2004

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Background This article examines the difficulties that nurses encounter in identifying cases of child neglect. It discusses problems associated with neglect and...

Concerned about confidentiality? The child protection jigsaw

01 June 2004

Paediatric Nursing


The protection of children from abuse and exploitation remains at the forefront of public concern, particularly since the well-publicised death of Victoria Climbié....

Safeguarding the young

01 December 2003

Paediatric Nursing


Victoria Climbié was just eight years old when she died in 2000, the victim of appalling and sustained abuse. The Inquiry (Department of Health (DoH) 2003) into her...

Forever a child: analysis of the Ashley case

01 March 2008

Paediatric Nursing


Concerned for her future, the care-givers of a profoundly disabled girl (Ashley) consented to her having growth attenuation using high dose oestrogen, a hysterectomy...