Dr Geoff Debelle
Dr Geoff Debelle (MB, BS, FRACP, FRCPCH) is a consultant paediatrician, based in Birmingham, UK. He began as a consultant paediatrician at Monash University Department of Paediatrics and then at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Australia, in 1981. In 1989, he joined Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where he worked until retirement from full-time practice in 2017. He has practiced in both general and community paediatrics paediatric since 1974, specialising in child protection. He currently chairs Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Child Protection peer review meetings.
Geoff is currently Designated Senior Doctor, Child Safeguarding in Birmingham, a position held since 2000 and was a member of the Birmingham Children Safeguarding Board’s Child Death Overview Panel until July 2017. He was a member of UK’s NICE Guideline Development Group for Child Maltreatment and sat on the National Executive Committee of BASPCAN (British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect). He was a founding member of West Midlands BASPCAN and chaired the branch on two occasions.
Geoff was appointed Honorary Clinical Research Fellow in the Institute of Clinical Sciences’ Risk Abuse and Violence programme, University of Birmingham in October 2016, where he is currently engaged in research into self-harm and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). His other research interests include abusive head trauma, FGM, FII and evaluation of ‘place-based’, trauma-focused interventions. He is a UK member of Euro-CAN.
Geoff was the Officer for Child Protection, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), UK, and chaired the Standing Committee on Child Protection for the College from 2014 - 2018. He has represented the College on many UK governmental child and independent sector child protection committees and working groups, including a recent Department of Health working group on primary prevention of child sexual abuse.
Geoff has extensive experience in child protection and has contributed to primary research and the medical literature. He provides advice to colleagues, Police and Social Services, regionally and nationally. He is very much looking forward to contributing to Inter-CAP.