Wearing the “safeguarding” hat in the community

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 02 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2100
  1. Ala Fadilah, Paediatrics Department, York Hospital, York, UK
  1. ala.fadilah{at}

As doctors, we follow structured guidance for safeguarding concerns that arise in clinical settings. But what about in the community? You could be on a train and witness a restless toddler being pinched, then struck on the arm by a parent who seems at their wit’s end. Do you intervene? You may be in a busy supermarket when you see a preschool child jumping excitedly, a parent turning to and silencing the child with a strike on the face—the child’s resigned whimpering speaking of a …

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