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Monday 25 June 2018
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CQC to inspect for 'child protection'

CQC to inspect for 'child protection'

General practice will be inspected on child protection procedures starting from this week. 

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will conduct a child protection inspection programme, focusing on the quality of the journey through services for a child. 

The CQC will target 110 local authority areas, prioritizing those with the greatest risk. 

A spokesperson said the risk had been determined by the latest inspection findings, information from serious case reviews, other inspectors, whistleblowers and safeguarding information. 

He said: “In addition to checking safeguarding arrangements, inspectors will examine how children in the care of local authorities have their health needs met.” 

The key points being examined are: 

 - Do health staff have the right training?
 - Are professionals making timely and accurate referrals to mental health and substance misuse services?

 - Do acute services have alert systems to identify and track children considered to be at risk?
 - Do children in care have their health needs assessed and managed?

 - Are services generally safe, effective, caring, well-led and responsive to children’s needs?

Health visitors, school nurses, hospitals and mental health services will also be subject to the inspections.