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Network for Designated Professionals

In previous years, PiP has facilitated a Network for Designated Professionals.

The main objectives were to:

Provide clinical leadership to local child safeguarding systems 

Provide a consistent, strategic approach to child safeguarding in the fields of assurance, training, supervision and the provision of advice and support

Provide peer support, share and promote good practice

In light of recent changes within NHS England, discussions have taken place with the Regional Lead for Safeguarding.  The organisation of the Forum for Designated Professionals covering Hereford & Worcester, the Black Country, Birmingham & Solihull and Coventry & Warwickshire and Shropshire & Staffordshire is to be decided.  It is anticipated that the/these Forum/s will have sub-groups, which will cover wider issues relating to CEPOD and CSE.  

It has been agreed that PiP will continue to liaise with NHS England colleagues to support the work of the Forum/s, and the clinicians working in safeguarding across the region.  This is in the latest Work Plan agreed at the last Board meeting held on 15th July 2015.

Further updates will be provided in due course.





Child Sexual Abuse Network

Work has previously been undertaken, focussing on improving the quality of care that children who have been subject to sexual abuse receive, reducing the variation of care provided, as well as ensuring that clinicians engage who in this work are confident and competent and that their training needs are recognised and addressed.

An integrated care pathway and standards were developed, in partnership with the (then) Strategic Health Authority, police and social care partners.  These were adopted by the Local Safeguarding Children's Boards across the West Midlands and were used in the tendering of Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs).

The work was recognised by the Department of Health and adopted by the Home Office.





"PiP has a lot of credibility amongst paediatricians and health care professionals. Working in collaboration, members have consistently established clinical networks in a number of speciality areas."

Jonathan Howell, Former Consultant in Public Health

"I have worked closely with PiP over a number of years, and their work has been highly influential in developing networks, both nationally and regionally".

Hilary Cass, Former President, RCPCH

"….the upskilling was excellent. The master classes covered the management of children’s acute care and everyday health problems..."

Staffordshire Moorlands GP

"PiP has raised the profile of Child Sexual Abuse across the region, encouraging, training and supporting clinicians to work in this sensitive and challenging area..."

Cheryl Sherratt - Assistant Director of Nursing (Quality and Safety)

"The Paediatric Anaesthetic Network (PAN) provides a great forum for discussion and sharing problems and ideas with like-minded people working in different hospitals."

Richard Crombie, member of the Paediatric Anaesthetic Network.

"Tēnā koutou - greetings from New Zealand...the approach PiP has adopted in the development of clinical networks....has helped inform initiatives now implemented in New Zealand’s child & youth health sector". 

Mollie Wilson, CEO , Paediatric Society of New Zealand

"I can trust the PiP 'Brand' to deliver high quality education".

Consultant Anaesthetist (attendee at Study Day)

Thank you for that amazing Workshop! I gained such a lot of invaluable knowledge' (attended Cerebral Palsy & Spasticity study day - November 2018)

Menik Upatissa, Registrar at Dudley Group NHS Trust

PiP just goes from strength to strength – well done & sincere thanks for all your leadership particularly in bringing people together & nurturing collaboration, its sincerely valued, PiP remains a ‘bright spot’ on the national landscape (November 2018)

Kath Evans, Experience of Care Lead, Maternity, Infants, Children and Young People, NHS England

I’m writing to thank everyone in PIP for their excellent guidelines, study days, senior nurse support and above all professional friendship.  My career is now taking me overseas but your philosophy will be going with me - and a copy of the PIP clinical guidelines book! 


Tess Haynes, Former Modern Matron & CNS, UHNM