Hospitals have made mixed progress in training staff to provide good care to children, the Healthcare Commission has said.

The regulator today published a follow-up to its 2005-06 review of children’s services in hospitals.

‘Concerned’

Chief executive Anna Walker said: “We are particularly concerned about training in child protection.

“It is absolutely vital that NHS staff working with children know how to recognise signs of child abuse and know what to do if they see it.”

For example, the commission said one in five trusts’ training for nurses in child protection did not meet guidelines.

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