Time and again, individual serious case reviews, independent inquiries and government reports highlight the challenges of identifying and supporting vulnerable children and catalogue the series of events that lead to serious injury, unimaginable neglect or child death. All these reviews and reports seek to identify points in the child’s life when professionals or organisations involved in their care could have acted differently, in the hope that lessons can be learnt and future similar tragic outcomes can be avoided.
The Munro report (2011) advocates a more responsive child protection system within which all professionals who come into contact with children and families understand the importance of working together to build up an integrated picture of what is happening in a child’s life so that both potential and actual risks to well-being and safety can be identified and appropriate action, to provide support and offer protection, is taken at the earliest possible opportunity.
The Safeguarding Game: Learning From Serious Case Reviews is a game that reflects the importance of team working and the very serious nature of safeguarding children. It allows practitioners to learn about and discuss the key messages from serious case reviews and think about how these recommendations influence their own practice.
This game supports achievement of the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Standards of Proficiency for specialist community public health nurses. In particular:
Developing quality and risk management within an evaluative culture.
Prevent, identify and minimise risk of interpersonal abuse or violence, safeguarding children and other vulnerable people, initiating the management of cases involving actual or potential abuse or violence where needed.
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