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Staff safeguarding event: Protecting our patients

HRCH attending a safeguarding training event

Wednesday 23 November 2016 

Over 70 staff from Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust, along with local GPs and other healthcare professionals, attended a safeguarding workshop organised by HRCH’s safeguarding team. 

The event helped participants to learn more about child sexual exploitation (CSE) and child sexual abuse (CSA) – and what can be done to help children. 

Dr Sudipta Sen, named doctor for children’s safeguarding, opened the event and spoke about the challenges healthcare professionals and multi-agency staff face in spotting the signs of abuse or exploitation and doing something about it. 

The four hour workshop focussed on raising awareness amongst staff about safeguarding and child protection issues, providing a platform for the multi-agency participants to learn from each other and share experiences, along with a series of interactive sessions and scenarios to assist learning. 

The event also featured presentation on child sexual abuse and exploitation from the Metropolitan Police, and a CSE/CSA interactive scenario and panel discussion facilitated by multi-agency expert panel members. 

Participants at the event heard that over 3,000 children were identified as needing protection from sexual abuse last year, whilst nearly 70% of abuse cases are not reported to the Police. Over 90% of sexually abused children were abused by someone they knew.