LSCBLocal Safeguarding Children Board Northamptonshire

Key Documents for Health Professionals

See key safeguarding documents and links to Professional Bodies' standards and codes of practice.

 Key statutory documents: 

Key local documents:

Thresholds and Pathways helps people who work with children, young people and families to identify levels of need, identify and assess risk and understand procedures for information sharing. 

Professional Bodies: standards and codes of conduct

General Medical Council (GMC)

Protecting children and young people: The responsibilities of all doctors 

As part of this guidance, the GMC also provides:
Safeguarding case studies for doctors in different safeguarding situations.
Flowchart illustrating the process to be followed when a doctor is concerned about a child’s safety (PDF)
• Leaflet for parents: ‘What to expect if your doctor is worried about your child’s safety' (PDF)

General Dental Council (GDC)

Standards for the dental team 
See Principle 8.5: “You must take appropriate action if you have concerns about the possible abuse of children or vulnerable adults” (page 77)

See also GDC’s information: Safeguarding now a part of GDC’s continued professional development recommendations 

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

The Code for Nurses and Midwives 
See Section 4 ‘Preserve Safety’ and in particular code 17: ‘Raise concerns immediately if you believe a person is vulnerable or at risk and needs extra support and protection’.

Last updated: 12 January 2024

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