Child protection and safeguarding

As child health professionals, child protection plays a role in everything we do. It is about protecting individual children identified as suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm as a result of abuse or neglect. Safeguarding is a broader issue, and covers how we ensure children grow up in a safe environment. Take a look at our resources, news and courses.
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Your handbook on all forms of child abuse. It looks across the whole range of medical and social interactions: from examination, to identification, to referral, to court.
Resource based on the latest evidence to inform clinical practice, procedures and professional and expert opinion in the legal system.
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We help give doctors the competencies they need to protect children from abuse. Try our free eLearning programmes or book on to a face-to-face course.
Guidance for best practice to aid clinical decision-making in examining children referred for evaluation of possible sexual abuse. Available to purchase online, and free to members who are named and designated doctors for safeguarding children.
This intercollegiate framework helps all health professionals - from non-clinical staff to experts - understand their responsibilities in recognising child maltreatment and how to take effective action.
This group is responsible for championing the safeguarding agenda for children and young people. It advises on matters relating to child protection – preventing violence, exploitation and abuse against children.

News in child protection

Courses in safeguarding