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.

Child Protection Portal

Your essential resource to help inform clinical practice, child protection procedures, and professional and expert opinion in the legal system.

Some content on the Portal, including our Child Protection Companion, is only available to College members (as part of your subscription) or to subscribers. We have different subscription options for individuals and organisations.

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Your handbook on all forms of child abuse - looks across the whole range of medical and social interactions: from examination, to identification, to referral, to court. Available to members and subscribers on our Child Protection Portal.
Resource based on the latest evidence to inform clinical practice, procedures and professional and expert opinion in the legal system. Now available on our Child Protection Portal.
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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.
Aids clinical decision-making in examining children referred for evaluation of possible sexual abuse - available to purchase or free to members who are named and designated doctors for safeguarding children
Framework to help all health professionals - from non-clinical staff to experts - understand their responsibilities in recognising child maltreatment and how to take effective action
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 and resources in safeguarding