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RCGP launches toolkit to help GPs spot young people at risk of radicalisation

The RCGP had launched a new toolkit aimed at helping GPs identify children and young people at risk of radicalisation and child-trafficking, alongside guidance on how to act on these issues.

The toolkit - published by the RCGP and NSPCC today - highlights new safeguarding challenges that GPs must be alert to, including cyber bullying, female genital mutilation and forced marriage, and appropriate action they should take.

The college said that child health makes up a significant proportion of a GP’s workload, and the guidance also covers ‘conventional’ aspects of child safeguarding such as neglect, physical abuse and caring for children with disabilities.

An RCGP statement says: ‘Advice to help GPs identify and support children and young people at risk of child trafficking and radicalisation is also included in the new toolkit… It reflects the changing landscape of general practice, with GPs on the frontline of increasingly complex health and societal challenges.

‘All professionals who come into contact with children and their families have a responsibility to safeguard and promote their welfare, and should know what to do if they have concerns about a child.’

According to latest figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), 43,140 children were subject to a child protection plan and 68,110 children were ‘looked after’ in England in 2013.

RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker said the guidance would help GPs in treating these societal problems, as part of whole person consultations.

Dr Baker added: ‘Because of the anonymity offered by the internet, many children and young people run a higher risk of being harmed or exploited.

‘[GPs are]  in an ideal position to identify potential risks to the physical and mental health of our young people, along with the legal and safeguarding protocols and support networks that are available to them.

‘As GPs we are trained to treat the “whole person” and that means now taking into account a number of societal, as well as health, factors.’

Pulse recently revealed that the CQC would be reading GP records for vulnerable children to assess their implementation of safeguarding protocols.

Readers' comments (18)

  • Where can you get MI6 CPD credits from??

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  • Una Coales. Retired NHS GP.

    I, for one, will NOT be reading the 240-page toolkit as I am not in training to be a policeman , MI5 spy or Scotland Yard detective.

    Here is my Sky response to the RCGP toolkit for GPs and child cyberbullying, (human trafficking and radicalisation).

    Remember any GP can give an interview for Sky News or Channel 5 News, two noteworthy broadcasters who allow grassroots GPs to have their say! As I am retiring next year, happy to pass on contact details to the next spokesperson willing to speak up for brow beaten NHS GPs!

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  • GPs choose to pay an annual fee to the college, and the college reciprocates by pouring bucket loads of offal over us. There may be a learning point here.

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  • Took Early Retirement

    What a sick joke it is, and the College has become. If I were still working, I would not have time to read 240 pages.

    No guidance should be more than 2 pages of A4.

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  • Can all GP`s in the country take off a session-Coordinated of course to read thru this 240 page "toolkit"
    Maybe I start to understand what Americans mean by " He/She is a tool" !!
    Tool: (noun) URBAN dictionary
    1.) A (person) with a hugely over-inflated ego, who in an attempt to get un-due attention for himself, will act like a jackass, because, in his deluded state, he will think it's going to make him look cool, or make others want to be like him. ....

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  • Not enough time to read it today, but ironically, this might help you keep your hands on some of your funding. All NHS Standard Contract work requires a plan as to how you'll achieve the Prevent task - ie addressing this very issue. Now, you can just reference a lovely tool kit!
    Una - I'd take you up on that offer.

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  • This is barking. I'd really like to know from whom, and which agency, the good Dr Baker is receiving her 'intelligence'. Maybe 'Team America' would be a start.

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  • I keep thinking life can not get any more daft....until stuff like this come up. GP's best placed to .......cut the national deficit, cut the elderly peoples toe nails, sweep the streets as they do home visits, feed the nursing home residents as their own staff won't do it, fight al queida and ISIS.....
    .when does it stop.

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  • Only another 12 months of this nonsense to go.
    Can hardly wait to leave the sinking ship.

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  • I wonder why the RCGP leaders are in General Practice at all, when it increasingly seems that they would prefer to be Social Workers. Do we need a new ' Royal College of Medical General Practitioners'?

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