Level 4 Child safeguarding leadership programme


RCGP-NHS England Level 4 Child Safeguarding Leadership Programme for Named GPs

RCGP’s Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC) is pleased to announce the success of the first ever Level 4 training workshop specifically for Named Safeguarding GPs in England.

There are currently about 100 Named Child Safeguarding GPs in England. These are dedicated individuals with a passionate interest in child health and child safeguarding who have been employed by NHS commissioning organisations to assist GPs as well as the organisations in their child safeguarding responsibilities by providing advice, information and peer support.

The child safeguarding syllabus is extensive, set out as within a framework of Levels 1-6 with GPs expected to attain Level 3 skills and competencies while Named GPs should be working at Level 4. Historically there has been limited capacity for training GPs to Level 3 and no specific Level 4 educational provision for Named GPs.

To fill this need, CIRC developed a unique series of Level 4 Child Safeguarding Leadership workshops for Named GPs, funded in part by NHS England.

Who was is it for?

All Named Child Safeguarding GPs and Named Child Safeguarding Practitioners employed to support GPs in discharging their safeguarding responsibilities as set out in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015’, and the ‘Accountability and Assurance Framework for Safeguarding Vulnerable People in the NHS 2015’.

What was the aim?

The fundamental aim of this course was to reinforce Named Child Safeguarding GPs’ knowledge and skills, enhance their ability to influence change in practice across the NHS and improve outcomes for children.

The two-day course focused on the following topics:

Clinical and Educational Leadership including influencing and managing change, coaching and mentoring;

Accountability, Assurance and legal aspects including supervision, record keeping, information sharing, effective partnership working/ collaborating with other Agencies;

Case Reviews, Serious Case Reviews and Internal Management Reviews (IMRs) with emphasis on writing good IMRs and implementation of action plans;

Knowledge: Special Topics covering issues requiring innovative leadership including internet and social media as vehicles for abuse, child sexual abuse/exploitation, FGM, Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers/Child Trafficking and children at risk of radicalisation.

The objective of this course was to support Named Safeguarding GPs:

  • Help Named Safeguarding GPs to meet their statutory duties;
  • Help the wider system to identify and act on safeguarding issues, and especially to embed learning from serious case reviews.
The course was facilitated by Professor Valerie Iles - Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Visiting Professor at Bucks New University and lecturers include Briony Ladbury and David Burrows-Sutcliffe.

Why was the course necessary?

No Level 4 safeguarding children education was available specifically for GPs and there is currently no recognised national standard for GP safeguarding training at any level. NHS England have acknowledged there is a significant educational gap in this area and Named Child Safeguarding GPs have repeatedly asked for educational resources specific to their needs to be developed.

A role description for Named GPs is set out in the RCGP/NSPCC Safeguarding Children Toolkit and it is envisaged that course content will be shaped by professional development needs generated by this role description, and following the syllabus described in Safeguarding children and young people: roles and competences for health care staff intercollegiate document 2014. [PDF] 

How much will it cost?

The course costs and fees have been met by NHS England, but travel and accommodation costs were met by individual delegates or by their employing organisations.

When and where?

The programme has been delivered as three 2 day residential courses of similar or identical content.

  • 7-8 April 2016
    RCGP Headquarters, London
  • 19-20 May 2016
    RCGP Headquarters, London
  • 9-10 June 2016
    Crowne Plaza Birmingham City
  • Results

92 delegates came from every region in England as follows: 19% of delegates from Greater London, which was possibly to be expected as two of the workshops took place in London. 18% of delegates came from North West England followed by East Midlands with 12% of delegates and South East England with 12%, West Midlands 10%, East Anglia 10%, Yorkshire and Humberside 9%, North-East England 7%, South-West England 3%.

Overall the feedback received from delegates has been overwhelmingly positive. As a result of this feedback we have set up a BaseCamp website account in order to facilitate communication between Named GPs from different areas and as a tool to share resources, experiences and knowledge. This has been welcomed by the delegates and the group is currently made of 90 Named GPs. There have been lively discussions on several topics including Consent and Confidentiality, and Information Sharing in the context of IMRs and SCRs.

Grateful thanks to

  • Our RCGP Clinical Lead Child Safeguarding, Dr Vimal Tiwari, read her article about the workshops (PDF).
  • Our lecturers: Professor Valerie Iles, Briony Ladbury, Fiona Allen, David Burrows-Sutcliffe, Beth Kelly, Sandra Richards, Bina Parmar, Anneliese Hillyer-Thake, Elaine Thompson.
  • Special thanks to Helen Hipkiss, Head of Safeguarding NHS England for her support throughout this project, the RCGP CIRC Team: Chris Gush, Samina Ladhani and Vanesa Blasco Bergelino, and RCGP Events Organiser Emma Speight.

For any queries, please email: Level4Workshop@rcgp.org.uk or call 0203 188 7601.

Please note that no more Level 4 Child Safeguarding Leadership courses for Named GPs have been planned for the coming year. However, we encourage you to get in touch with your local Faculty or to search for new courses.

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