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Onus on GPs for child protection

GPs are 'at the forefront' of child protection but are not receiving adequate training, according to the author of the report into the abuse and murder of Victoria Climbié.

Lord Laming told Pulse GPs were 'the lead people' in spotting signs of child abuse and alerting authorities.

His comments come after a Government consultation paper recommended GPs record school attendance patterns and other social exclusion indicators.

'GPs are immensely important,' Lord Laming said. 'They have more access to children than almost any others in health care and need to see themselves as an essential part of

the fabric of service for children.'

Interviewed after an RCGP conference on child protection, Lord Laming added it was 'critical' GPs were supported by PCOs.

'The onus is on training at a local level. All health professionals need to be trained properly and GPs need to be part of that.'

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