You are circulating for the emergency list and receive an 11-year-old child directly from Accident and Emergency for a laparotomy due to generalised lower abdominal pain. The guardian appears very talkative about the care of the child and has a very firm hold of the child’s hand but no eye contact is given between then. On lifting the patient’s gown, you notice some bruising that has the appearance of a hand print on the inside upper thigh and what appears like blood spotting on the draw sheet.
“All staff working in healthcare settings – including those who predominantly treat adults – should ensure training to ensure they attain the competences appropriate to their tole and follow the relevant professional guidance.” (HMG, 2015, p.56)
Assignment Question: Provide a reasoned account of your responsibilities as a healthcare professional in relation to the welfare of the young child described above.