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Safeguarding older teens: ED nurses need professional curiosity

Safeguarding for older teenagers can be overlooked in emergency care, but meaningful conversations are important when there are concerns for children of any age

Safeguarding for older teenagers can be overlooked in emergency care, but meaningful conversations are important when there are concerns for children of any age

Emergency staff often view young people aged 16 and 17 through an adult lens when they present to emergency departments – especially with potential safeguarding concerns.

The risk of harm and exploitation can increase in adolescence

Practitioners are better at recognising and responding to safeguarding concerns in younger children than in this age range, suggests

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