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GP advises on how to detect child abuse

Dr Rob Sagoo has acted as a GP adviser to a scheme that aims to help primary care staff spot suspected cases of child abuse.

The scheme has already seen around 60 per cent of practices across four PCTs in Teesside visited by consultant paediatricians and paediatric nurses who advise how to detect evidence of neglect and abuse. GPs also have the option of attending longer courses.

Following a decision by the PCTs and NHS trusts to continue funding, Dr Sagoo is now helping create a chart for GPs illustrating steps to take if they suspect child abuse.

He said: 'GPs are not always skilled enough to detect child abuse and know how to cope with it. It's a highly specialised field. The quick reference guide will tell them what to do and how much they can reveal without fear of comeback from patients.'

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