Endocrine Abstracts (2016) 45 DP1.1 | DOI: 10.1530/endoabs.45.DP1.1

Safeguarding and diabetes - social care perspective

Tracey Nurse


Introduction: Following a child death in Nottingham city, concerns emerged around unmet medical needs. As a result joint work took place with health colleagues to establish a shared understanding of medical neglect and impact on the child. This highlighted the need to strengthen the process for identifying and managing such cases.

The Methods: Social care developed a local protocol for managing cases where medical neglect heightened child protection concerns.

Results: • Local protocol now embedded and has been applied particularly in cases involving children with diabetes where medical needs not consistently met, and concerns exist which may cross threshold into child protection.

Discussion / Conclusion: • Now embedded in Children’s Social Care.

• Multi-agency seminars have taken place to increase awareness of medical neglect in particular in relation to diabetes.

Need for early identification and early intervention.

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