Specialist Child Protection Nurse

Solent NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Job summary

The post holder will provide expert child protection knowledge and skills as part of the Community Paediatric Medical Service (CPMS) consisting of the Children Looked After Team, Child Protection Service, and Community Paediatric Service, delivering commissioned services in Portsmouth.

To coordinate and assist in child protection medicals for children and young people who are suspected of neglect or harm. Medicals will be undertaken at Queen Alexandra Portsmouth, with the on call Community Paediatrician. The role will include supporting the Consultant with appropriate investigations and assessments. You will need excellent communication and negotiation skills to work with social workers, carers, parents and police during a highly sensitive assessment. The child protection service operates Monday to Friday from 9am -- 5pm, however there may be a requirement to work beyond 5pm to ensure cases are competed.

Main duties of the job

Accepting referrals following liaison with medical colleagues.

Coordinate the timescales for the medical.

Liaison with the multi-agency network and the wider medical team to book the appointment.

To meet and greet the families/children/social workers at Childrens Assessment Unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

To provide nursing support for the Doctor during the child protection medical.

Offer support and advice to professionals, children and families throughout the child protection process.

Assessment and analysis of highly complex information that may be emotionally distressing and highly contentious.

Management of highly charged emotional issues to identify risk to children.

Knowledge and skills in recognising indicators of child abuse.

Apply knowledge of child protection processes into practice.

Specialist knowledge of forensic and children protection procedures to support the paediatrician and family during the assessment.

To coordinate and manage follow-up assessments and investigations as required.

Support any follow up responsibilities e.g., Child Protection Conferences or Strategy Meetings

To promote effective liaison with professionals from health and other agencies at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

To use specialist clinical skills in assessing and analysing need, referring, and developing care plans for children and young people in complex situations.

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • Registered Childrens Nurse or Registered Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (HV/PHN)



  • Experience of working with children and families with safeguarding concerns
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • Ability to be able to communicate highly complex, sensitive, and contentious information to children/young people, families, and carers
  • Evidence of innovation in developing approaches to engage children and young people in assessments and to ensure their voice is heard
  • Contribute to planning, implementing, and evaluating care pathways
  • Evidence of ability to manage and communicate complex situations and deal effectively with highly sensitive, confidential, and contentious issues
  • Proven ability to write detailed reports and communicate complex information to multiple agencies including Social Care, voluntary sector, primary, secondary, and tertiary services
  • Evidence of working autonomously, using professional judgement to clinically assess children & young people with complex health needs

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