Further child protection information and resources

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Recommended online resources in child protection - for RCPCH members, clinicians, policymakers and parents/carers. 

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Model job descriptions for lead roles

Designated Doctor for Child Protection (PDF, 260KB, 20 pages)

Named Doctor for Child Protection (PDF, 244KB, 19 pages)

UK legislation, policy and guidance


Working together to safeguard children (March 2015) - statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children

Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services (March 2015) - Department for Education advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers

Safeguarding vulnerable people in the reformed NHS: accountability and assurance framework (March 2013) - more detailed advice on how NHS organisations can fulfil their responsibilities and should be read by all health professionals in conjunction with the statutory guidance


Working Together Under the Children Act 2004 (2006)


National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland (May 2014)

Northern Ireland

Co-operating to Safeguard Children (May 2003)

Professional organisations

Child Protection Special Interest Group - providing support, training and a forum for good practice to RCPCH and BACCH members and other Royal Colleges

Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine - the FFLM is a charity set up within the Royal College of Physicians to develop and maintain the highest possible standards and provide information in forensic and legal medicine for doctors and the public. 

Coram Children's Legal Centre - CCLC provides free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, their families, carers and professionals on family, child and education law. It also runs a Child Protection Project providing legal advice to professionals working with children.

Royal College of General Practitioners | Royal College of Nursing | British Association for Community Child Health |
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence | NHS Confederation | Institute of Child Health | Department of Health | Department for Education

Not-for-profit organisations 



Professional development

The College provides learning opportunities - both face-to-face courses and e-learning - and guidance for paediatricians and other child health professionals in child protection.

More about courses in safeguarding