A&E plan to spot child abuse

All children who visit A&E hospital departments or have out-of-hours GP consultations will be logged in a national database in a bid to spot cases of child abuse or neglect early on.

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NSPCC welcomes A&E database plans

Lisa Harker, head of strategy at the NSPCC, welcomed the announcement of plans to log children's visits to A&E on a national database.

She said: "NHS doctors and nurses are often in the frontline of child protection and play a crucial role in identifying abuse victims as quickly as possible.

"So this new system for sharing information about children at risk should prove an important aid."

DoH: Records will help medical staff build a fuller picture

Childrens' visits to accident and emergency departments are to be logged Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Under the Government's new plans, a flag will appear on a child's medical record if they are subject to a child protection plan or are being looked after by the local authority

According to the Department of Health, doctors and nurses will be able to use this information as part of their overall clinical assessment, along with information about where and when children have previously been receiving urgent treatment.

This will help them build up a better picture of what is happening in the child's life so they can alert social services if they think something might be wrong.

Health minister: Logging infant visits to A&E will 'save lives'

Up until now, it has been hard for frontline healthcare professionals to know if a child is already listed as being at risk or if children have been repeatedly seen in different emergency departments or urgent care centres with suspicious injuries or complaints, which may indicate abuse.

Providing instant access to that information means vulnerable and abused children will be identified much more quickly - which will save lives.

– Dr Dan Poulter, health minister

Children who visit A&E to be logged under welfare scheme

All children who visit accident and emergency (A&E) departments or have out-of-hours GP consultations will be logged in a national database, health minister Dr Dan Poulter has said.

The system is designed to help doctors and nurses spot children who are suffering from abuse or neglect and avoid cases like that of Baby P, he said.

Doctors and nurses will be able to see if the children they treat are subject to a child protection plan or are being looked after, and whether they have been a frequent visitor to A&E.

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