A two minute video animation has been produced by the Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board, to encourage practitioners to identify children as ‘was not brought’ instead of ‘did not attend’ when referring to them not being presented at medical appointments.
The video, made in conjunction with NHS Nottingham City CCG and Nottingham City Council., is a powerful reminder that children do not take themselves to appointments; they have to be taken by parents or carers. It encourages practitioners to consider the impact of ‘not being brought’ on the child’s treatment and potential safeguarding risks.
An NSPCC thematic briefing on learning from case reviews for the health sector finds that the ‘Did Not Attend’ category does not recognise the real issue, which is children not being taken to appointments; a potential indicator of neglect.
View the Rethinking Did Not Attend video or access the version with subtitles.