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Child Protection Unit Holds Second Annual Conference

March 14, 2007 10:33 AM

Children’s rights, addictions, sex offenders and asylum seekers are just some of the issues being discussed by health professionals today at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Child Protection Unit Annual Conference.
The conference, held in the Campanile Hotel, brings together a number of agencies with an interest in child protection and will discuss what have been the key developments for children and are children getting the help they need when they need it?
The conference will also discuss the impact of the Child Protection Unit over the last year.
Marie Valente, Head of Children Protection Development for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, explained: "The Unit has been together for just over a year and we wanted to measure if what we do is effective.”
“The conference has brought together a range of professionals all with an interest in child protection to discuss what works in key areas and what we need to improve.”
The Unit, which was officially launched last year, provides training, support and advice to staff to ensure they are aware of child protection issues and know exactly what to do if they encounter a child at risk.
Staffed by a team of dedicated child protection advisers and trainers, it provides a 24 hour, seven days a week medical advice line for health staff and other professionals such as police officers.
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Notes to Editor
The conference will address the following themes:
Ø      Childrens’ Rights 
Ø      Medicals in the context of Suspected Abuse/Risk of Significant Harm
Ø      Addictions
Ø      Asylum Seekers
Ø      Sex Offenders
Ø      Safe Recruitment
For further information on any of the topics being discussed or anyone wanting an interview with Marie Valente, Head of Child Protection Development, please contact the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Press Office on 0141 201 4429.
 

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