Parent and carer resources

We produce and support resources for parents and carers - to equip you with practical information, give you a voice and involve you in important research and feedback.

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Key RCPCH resources

MindEd for families

MindEd for Families offers trusted information and advice for families with concerns about their children's mental health. 

Available to view on tablets and smartphones, this information includes guidance on what to do in a crisis, what to do if you are worried, how to manage on a day to day basis, how to support your child through their experience and where to turn for support.

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Medicines for Children offers practical and reliable information about giving medicines to your child.

Leaflets cover an expanding range of titles, from medicines for epilepsy to antibiotics for infections. They give practical and reassuring advice on how to give medicines, what to do in case a dose is forgotten or given twice, and information about possible side-effects.

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infoKID is information for parents and carers about children's kidney conditions. 

This accessible, high quality information for families can follow on from conversations with a child's healthcare team, support them to make the best decisions for their child, and provide more detail as and when it is needed.

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The College is accredited with The Information Standard since March 2011 for these three resources. This kitemark demonstrates that our information is produced using a rigorous, quality-driven process.

Other RCPCH resources 

Rare conditions: The British Paediatric Surveillance Unit (BPSU) has information for parents and carers about rare conditions, like acute pancreatitis, meningitis, multiple sclerosis and HIV in children under 12, plus information about how we conduct research into uncommon (rare) diseases that affect children and young people

UK-WHO growth charts: A complete suite of charts for uses ranging from child health surveillance to detailed monitoring of children with health problems

Personal child health record (PCHR): Commonly known as the Red Book, this is a national standard health and development record given to parents/carers at a child's birth and is the main record of a child's health and development

Palate examination: Identification of cleft palate in the newborn guide: A guide to help parents and carers understand what healthcare professionals will be looking for when their baby has a palate examination

External resources

Note: These links take you to external sites, not managed by the RCPCH. We think you may find them helpful, and although we do our best to ensure these websites are of the highest quality we cannot take any responsibility for their content or accuracy and their inclusion does not imply specific endorsement by us.

Itchy Sneezy Wheezy: Everything you need to know about allergies

WellChild: Helping seriously ill children and their families across the UK

NHS Choices: Your health, your choices

NHS Blood and Transplant: Information for patients

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