Intercollegiate Committee for Standards for Children and Young People in Emergency Care Settings

The committee is an intercollegiate group that provides expert advice on the emergency care of children. It works to influence policy proactively and respond to consultation documents relevant to urgent and emergency care.

About the committee

Children represent 25-30% of all UK accident and emergency attendances. With waiting times increasing and a significant number of children with low acuity conditions arriving at the hospital's 'front doors', an integrated urgent and emergency care system in order to manage the needs of local areas.

At a time of transition into new unchartered models of care, it is particularly pertinent for providers and service planners to work together to strive to meet set standards to ensure locally bespoke, safe and high quality urgent and emergency care for infants, children and young people.

Committee Chair

Dr. Scott Hendry

Committee outputs: standards

The committee's biggest work stream is to monitor, update and revise Facing the Future: Standards for children in emergency care settings, which provides healthcare professionals, providers and service planners with measurable and auditable standards of care applicable to all urgent and emergency care settings in the UK. This is an intercollegiate document partnered with:

  • Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine
  • British Association of Paediatric Surgeons
  • Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee
  • Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists

Committee advice on ambulance conveyance

Following discussions the National Ambulance Service Medical Directors group, in March 2022 the Committee issued a statement on ambulance conveyance of children.

Further details can be found in the statement below.


If you would like to get involved or find out more about the committee's work, please contact