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These standards have been produced by the Association of Paediatric Radiographers (APR) in conjunction with the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) following research undertaken to establish the provision of imaging services for children in adult and children’s hospitals (Imaging Services for children in Scotland CoR 2007 and Imaging Services for children in England and Wales CoR 2008). Recommendations include that professional bodies should provide guidance for the improvement of imaging services for children and young people to ensure staff are adequately trained and policies are in place to ensure effective practice. The recommendations are reproduced in Appendix A.

The emphasis of this document is to encourage employing authorities, radiography managers, universities and individual radiographers to:

  • put the best interests of the child at the forefront of imaging practice
  • recognise the unique emotional, psychological and  physical requirements of children and young people
  • recognise the resources and workforce required to provide a service to children and young people
  • ensure the requirements for pre-registration education and training include appropriate education for and exposure  to paediatric cases (Healthcare Commission  2007)
  • ensure that post registration training is provided to meet the needs of the service
  • ensure that knowledge of United Kingdom (UK)  and European legislation  is current
  • observe the minimum requirements to maintain competence in imaging children and young people.

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