2: Responsibilities of Paediatricians
2.1 Every paediatrician has a responsibility to safeguard children and, to do this effectively, all paediatricians should have an understanding of key legislation and guidance, including children’s rights. Paediatricians should also be able to recognise child maltreatment59, applying the latest evidence base to their clinical management of children in relation to child abuse and neglect. Paediatricians should also understand the limit of their competence and when to seek advice from more experienced colleagues.
2.2 All paediatricians have a responsibility to take appropriate action (i.e. make a referral to local authority children’s social care) when they believe that a child is suffering, or may be likely to suffer, significant harm. Paediatricians should also follow up referrals to determine the outcome and escalate concerns if they are not satisfied with the response they receive.
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