Child Protection Standing Committee

This committee 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.

About the committee

  • Responds to matters when children are vulnerable to exploitation or abuse and ensures that children have a right to protection
  • Encourages policy developments that foster appropriate rights for children, develop preventative services and improve education
  • Liaises and communicates with appropriate organisations and committees to provide advice and response to matters relating to child protection

Child protection advocacy

Abusive head trauma

RCPCH published this critique of a systematic review on 'isolated traumatic shaking' in infants conducted by The Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services (SBU). The critique highlights a flawed methodology in the systematic review. It is available through Archives of Diseases in Childhood.

Long-term support for victims of modern slavery

RCPCH joined 28 other charities in co-signing a letter from child trafficking charity ECPAT UK, which called on the Home Secretary to reform the support provided to all children identified as victims of modern slavery in the UK. The letter followed the high-profile case of 'Stephen', a 17 year old who lost his automatic right to remain in the UK and faced deportation to Vietnam. 'Stephen' was trafficked to the UK at 10 years of age to work on a cannabis farm and was taken into foster care at 16 years of age.

RCPCH wrote to Rt Hon Frank Field MP to express support for the launch of the inquiry into long-term support for victims of modern slavery. 

Joint hypermobility syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome in children

Representatives of RCPCH and the British Society of Rheumatology, Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology responded to an editorial by Grahame (2017). The response expresses concern that the editorial is misleading to suggest that professionals can attribute functional difficulties and physical signs of harm to a diagnosis of hEDS. It is available through Rheumatology.

Bruises in premobile children 

RCPCH released this statement in response to an article by Bilson (2016), which suggested over investigation of bruises in babies. The statement directs paediatricians to evidence provided within the RCPCH systematic review on abusive- and non-abusive bruising. 

Committee Chair (Officer for Child Protection)

Dr Alison Steele


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