CPRU and SCIE have joined together to produce a range of materials to support partnership working in child protection. Cross-cutting lead for social care, Amanda Edwards, coordinated the project that focused specifically on liaison between acute paediatric and child protection services.
Long Term Conditions Projects
'Did not attends' and safeguarding responsibilities
The local management of 'did not attends' for long term condition appointments in relation to safeguarding responsibilities
NHS organisations are required to have DNA (‘Did Not Attend’) or ‘Family Disengagement’ guidelines in place as part of broader child safeguarding policies. These aim to help healthcare practitioners deal with the ‘unseen child’ and manage families that have poor attendance at child health services.
Our earlier scoping review of guidelines demonstrated that, while many guidelines are similar in key respects (structure, purpose, background), there is variation in safeguarding response. For some, one missed appointment may trigger a safeguarding response, while for in others it may take two or three defaulted appointments.
The guidelines usually offer only the briefest advice to practitioners about how to deal with DNAs, and there is little research on the practitioner experience of implementing DNA guidelines, and the results of such implementation. For this reason, we intend to interview a number of people who create guidelines, people who implement them at trust level and people who implement them on the front line.
- The aim of this work is to add to our understanding of good safeguarding by:
- mapping DNA policies in paediatric services;
- examining differences in safeguarding response to child/young person/family non-attendance;
- describing the advice to practitioners contained in the policies;
- exploring the experience of creating and implementing the guidelines and using them on the frontline.
For more information contact Helen Roberts
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