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Report recommends tougher safeguards for children in NHS

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7337.564/b (Published 09 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:564
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Sweeping changes designed to safeguard children treated by the NHS in Wales are urged in a new report.

    The report recommends establishing a director of children's healthcare services, an all-Wales NHS child protection organisation, two new charters for children, police checking of staff who come into contact with children, and protection of NHS whistleblowers.

    The review, carried out by a panel of experts and chaired by Lord Carlile QC, was set up in the wake of the north Wales child abuse inquiry, which heard allegations from former inpatients of a child and adolescent mental health unit in North Wales.

    Its 150 recommendations to the Welsh Assembly also include medical access to child protection registers, some access to health records by social workers, the establishment of complaints officers in every NHS trust, and a network of children's advocates.

    “Every child and young person being treated by the NHS should be safe, feel safe, be treated as individuals, …

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