Safeguarding Children and Young People (SGC)

The RCPCH works to protect children from harm by providing doctors with the essential competencies required in their child protection practice. Child protection continues to evolve, with particular changes in knowledge and focus occurring in the last 10 years. As a result there is a necessity for updating and further training in child protection matters. 

Dr Andrea Goddard, Clinical Lead, Safeguarding Children and Young People

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The RCPCH offers a number of training products and guidance to support paediatricians and other healthcare workers through this complicated and sensitive area.  None of our courses are mandatory, however we strongly encourage the use of our courses as they meet the RCPCH quality criteria and standards.

Most of our safeguarding programmes have been developed in line with the 2010 intercollegiate safeguarding competences (PDF, 860KB, 72 pages). Currently some of our courses are under review to incorporate the new competences as expressed in the 2014 intercollegiate safeguarding document . We advise professionals to consider taking appropriate steps to supplement their learning through reference to the 2014 competences (PDF, 500KB, 102 pages).

Training Programme

Format/ Supplier

Target Audience


Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Young People

online/ e-LfH

All healthcare professionals (who have some contact with children)


Recognition, Response and Record

online/ e-LfH

All healthcare professionals (who have some contact with children)


Child Protection in Practice (CPIP)

> more information (PDF, 160KB)

online/ ALSG

Paediatricians in training (ST 4-7)

Others including GPs, A&E, specialties



Maintaining and Updating Competences (MaUC)

online/ e-LfH

Consultant Paediatricians and trainees

Some materials relevant to others including GPs, A&E, specialties


Safeguarding level 4 and 5 ICD blended learning resource for named and designated paediatricians

Blended learning: E-learning and Face to face/ RCPCH

Named and designated paediatricians (level 4 and 5)


Other resources

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Telephone: 020 7092 6000