The ICD Competence levels are:

  • Level 1: All staff including non-clinical managers and staff working in health care settings
  • Level 2: Minimum level required for clinical staff who have some degree of contact with children and young people and/or parents/carers
  • Level 3: Clinical staff working with children, young people and/or their parents/carersand who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and evaluating the needs of a child or young person and parenting capacity where there are safeguarding/child protection concerns
  • Level 4: Named professionals
  • Level 5: Designated professionals

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All people working in the NHS are required to meet competences at level 1 and most doctors are required to achieve level 2 or 3. The ICD has a comprehensive list of what level is required for specific roles.

Level 3 is split into those professionals required to meet core competences and those who are also required to meet specialist knowledge and skills. This is explained more fully in the document.

All of the ICD levels have been updated recently and are different to the levels that have previously been used.