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. John Criddle

Committee outputs

The committee's biggest work stream is to monitor, update and revise the Standards for Children and Young People in Emergency Care Settings, an intercollegiate document partnered with:

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

These provide healthcare professionals, providers and service planners with measurable and auditable standards of care applicable to all urgent and emergency care settings in the UK.


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