The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel w/ Dr Peter Sidebotham
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Welcome to Association of Child Protection Professionals' Podcast, a weekly podcast where we, alongside guest hosts, share with you the latest in child and family safeguarding.

This episode is a Special Episode. In these special episodes, we take a more focused look at a singular issue that professionals working with children and families need to know about. These are often specific and urgent – so we’ll be talking with a professional at the forefront of the issue.

In today's episode, Wendy Thorogood, Chair of the Association of Child Protection Professionals, talks to Dr Peter Sidebotham about his work on the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel. With a discussion on their latest research on safeguarding children at risk from sudden unexpected infant death.

Dr Peter Sidebotham is a retired Consultant Paediatrician and Emeritus Professor of Child Health at the University of Warwick’s Medical School. As an academic paediatrician he specialises in child protection and was the designated doctor for child protection and for child death review in Warwickshire. 

Peter’s research includes studies on unexpected child deaths including sudden infant death syndrome, and work on child death review and child maltreatment. He has worked on several national analyses of Serious Case Reviews, is the author and editor of three books and several book chapters and has published extensively on child abuse and child death reviews. 


Peter is a co-editor of the Association’s journal Child Abuse Review. As well as being on the Boards of Trustees for the Association of Child Protection Professionals and the Lullaby Trust.

More recently, he is a member of the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel.

Wendy Thorogood is a retired Designated Nurse Consultant for children. She trained at St Guy's hospital in London, specialising in child and adult nursing, intensive care and cardiac and renal transplants.

Wendy delivered the national leadership programme for safeguarding for the Department of Health and worked directly with the NHS Confederation in relation to current changes; providing assurance that current and future providers of services are compliant in relation to safeguarding national and local standards;working with Lead Commissioners and the performance team to develop agreed key performance indicators and safety metrics for providers; identifying and taking appropriate action on key risks and issues across commissioned services that may affect safeguarding of children, young people.

She is currently the chair of the Association of Child Protection Professionals.

Would you like to learn more from this discussion? You can access extra resources kindly made accessible to AoCPP members by Dr Peter Sidebotham and the Child Safeguarding Review Practice Panel via our website.


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For those listening in the future, this episode is being recorded and published while the UK (and the world) is experiencing the COVID19 pandemic. Many frontline professionals are finding themselves overworked, time poor and confused as government guidance is changing daily. To alleviate the pressure child protection professionals are under, we have created the AoCPP Podcast, which will provide support to these professionals who continue to serve our country, its vulnerable children, and families, in unprecedented circumstances.


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