Training in Safeguarding is an integral part of paediatric anaesthesia. The competences for health care professionals have been revised and are published in the 3rd edition of the Intercollegiate document, 2014. This may be viewed here, together with a joint statement form the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the APAGBI regarding the role of the Lead Paediatric Anaesthetist in Child Protection and Safeguarding:

All clinical staff involved in the care of children require Level 2 training. Those taking key roles such as lead paediatric anaesthetist or more specifically a designated Lead for Safeguarding require Level 3 training. You may wish to note that there is no requirement for all paediatric anaesthetists to be Level 3 trained. The 2014 (3rd edition) of the Intercollegiate document linked above helps to clarify this; see footnote l on page 17 of this document. Safeguarding competencies form part of the RCoA matrix and are an important element of Revalidation.

The RCoA in association with APAGBI have developed an excellent web resource to assist colleagues with both personal and group based Safeguarding training - RCOA Safeguarding Plus

The Safeguarding Lead for the APAGBI is Dr Janet Stansfield. If you have any queries regarding the role of the paediatric anaesthetist in safeguarding, useful literature or future courses organised jointly by the APA and RCoA you may contact Dr Stansfield.