Opticians and Pharmacists


Like dentists, opticians and pharmacists rarely make home visits,  nevertheless they too are in a position to identify welfare needs or safeguarding concerns regarding individual children and vulnerable adults. Furthermore their work brings them into contact with children with disabilities who research suggests have a threefold risk of experiencing all forms of abuse.

Pharmacy staff and opticians share the same professional obligations to safeguard children and vulnerable adults as other health professionals and are similarly required to achieve the same level of competences as set out in the Safeguarding Children and Young People: Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff – Intercollegiate Document 2014

Suggested course outline

  • Child protection legislation and guidance including national and local SCB
  • Recognition of child abuse
  • How to respond to child abuse concerns
  • Who to contact when there is a concern
  • Fulfilment of legal “duty of care”
  • Safer working practice, professional conduct and keeping children safe

Learning Objectives :

  1. To increase the knowledge and understanding of the relevant legislation and government guidance relevant to fulfilling the statutory duty of care for the welfare of young patients under the Children Act 2004
  2. To enable participants to acquire an increased understanding of the recognition of child abuse, how to respond appropriately to child protection issues and knowledge of referral pathways
  3. To enable better understanding of the necessity for information-sharing and accurate recording within the context of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of a particular child.
  4. To consider issues of best working practice and professional conduct

Training designed to address the above objectives can be arranged for your setting or groups of settings and can be delivered as a day or two evenings. Training can be arranged for the weekend with sufficient notice. It is also possible to design bespoke training to meet local need or supplement previous on-line training.

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