The West Coast District Health Board (WCDHB) recognises that staff competence, and clarity of roles and responsibilities are essential to effective child protection interventions. This supports the accurate detection of suspected and or actual child abuse and neglect, the early recognition of children at risk of abuse and adults at risk of abusing children. This policy seeks to promote and ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and their whānau.
Associated procedures, referral pathways and electronic documentation requirements, e.g. patient management systems, alert/memos and eProsafe requirements, provide WCDHB community and hospital-based staff with a framework to identify, support, assess and respond to actual and/or suspected child abuse and neglect.