Safeguarding Children and Young People (SGC) educational programmes

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. 

A message from Dr Andrea Goddard, Clinical Lead, Safeguarding Children and Young People

Safeguarding educational programmes

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 and updated in line with the 2014 competences (PDF, 500KB, 102 pages) within the Intercollegiate document (ICD).

Some of our level 1-3 e-learning modules which we provide in conjunction with Elearning for Health (ElfH) are being updated and will be live in this new version by early Spring 2015. We advise professionals to consider taking appropriate steps to supplement their learning through reference to the competences outlined in the 2014 ICD.

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)


HEE Female Genital Mutilation online/e-LfH All healthcare professionals working with children and young people     2

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


Child Protection Recognition and Response (CPRR)

face to face/ALSG, paediatricians in training (ST 1-3)

Others including GPs, A&E, specialties     3

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)


Expert Witness in Child Protection face to face / RCPCH Consultant paediatricians / SAS doctors     5

Other resources

About child protection at the RCPCH

SGCYP competency requirement for trainees (PDF, 70KB, 4 pages)

Safeguarding modules within the Adolescent Health Programme and Healthy Child Programme

RCPCH Female Genital Mutilation online learning - access on Compass, our online classroom

Contact us

Education Provision Team