Safeguarding children: the benefits of a peer-review process

Morris-Thompson, Trish, Shepherd, Janet, Rogers, Maggie, Ladbury, Briony, Kirk, Catherine and Marks-Maran, Diane (2012) Safeguarding children: the benefits of a peer-review process. British Journal of Nursing, 21(12), pp. 742-747. ISSN (print) 0966-0461


Nurses in hospitals and in the community are increasingly taking a leading role in safeguarding children. NHS London established a Safeguarding Improvement Team (SIT) in 2009. The SIT project was designed as a one-off activity to raise performance related to safeguarding children in London. This article presents a peer-review process that was established by NHS London and implemented across the 31 PCTs across London. This article presents the peer-review process methodology and a summary of the findings from the SIT visits. Feedback was requested from participants about participants' perceptions of the peer-review process immediately after the SIT visits and again, several months after the completion of all SIT visits. Findings show that the peer-review process was of value, both organisationally and professionally, and the process itself led to identification of good practice as well as gaps in existing practices. The non-threatening nature of the peer-review process was particularly valued, as was the feedback offered by the review teams.

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