5: Good Practice Recommendations

Please note that this chapter is pending an update. For information on when this is due, please contact the PCO UK Team.

Every substantive chapter in this document contains good practice recommendations. All paediatricians should have due regard to these.
A full list of the good practice recommendations is below.
The assessment of the child should be carried out by a paediatrician with Level 3 competences as per Safeguarding Children and Young people: roles and competences for health care staff.
Where a trainee carries out the assessment, they should be supervised by a consultant or senior paediatrician.
All child protection assessments should be carried out within timescales appropriate to the type of abuse and the requirement for collection of evidential samples:
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