Featured membership benefit for summer 2019 - child protection and safeguarding resources

Everyone who works in child health has a responsibility to safeguard and protect children from violence, exploitation and abuse. RCPCH members can access a number of resources to support this work.

The 'Companion'

The RCPCH Child Protection Companion is an essential tool for all child health professionals. As an RCPCH member working in child health you can access the Companion free of charge on your Paediatric Care Online* - on the website or the app (which, once installed, doesn't require an internet connection).

With content across 20 chapters, the Companion covers all forms of abuse and the spectrum of paediatric involvement from the essential context and the pathway of child protection cases. it begins with the medical assessment, has a chapter on each form of maltreatment and continues through to court and training.  It was last updated in June.

Update Child Protection Companion: Update includes: Revised definition; Implications for Practice section; New faltering growth section; New section on 'indicators of neglect' and tables linking to the Child Protection Evidence systematic reviews

The Companion is developed and updated under a rigorous editorial process, with input from clinical child protection / safeguarding experts. You can save each chapter as a PDF. And if you prefer to read a hard copy, you can print them- and collect a special ring binder from the RCPCH London office (while stocks last) to store them in.

I strongly urge all members to use this free service which supports us in our safeguarding and child protection practice.

Dr Alison Steele, RCPCH Officer for Child Protection

More about PCO and how to activate your PCO account

Physical signs of sexual abuse (the ‘purple book’)

We collaborated with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Royal College of Physicians of London (RCP) and The Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine (FFLM) to produce the 2nd edition of this publication in 2015

The book can be purchased online but RCPCH members can benefit from a 20% discount, or a free copy if you are a named or designated doctor for safeguarding children, and involved in the forensic medical examination of children for suspected CSA.

How to order your copy

Invited reviews service

An RCPCH Invited review can provide expert independent advice and assurance about anything paediatric including reconfiguration, acute, community, case notes, team function, strategy and more.

You can read about some of their work around safeguarding, or contact them on invited.reviews@rcpch.ac.uk or 020 7092 6049.

Other resources

All health professionals must have the competencies to recognise child maltreatment, opportunities to improve childhood wellbeing and to take effective action as appropriate to their role. We have recently published Safeguarding children and young people: roles and competencies for paediatricians, and are co-authors on an intercollegiate framework for all healthcare staff.

We also offer a number of safeguarding learning resources, both face-to-face courses and online learning.

Keep updated

Our Child Protection Standing Committee meets three times a year, and we provide updates to members with updates.

If you'd like to get theses updates by email, log in to your account - in Personalise your experience select 'Child protection' and in Contact preferences make sure you've ticked 'College updates / professional updates'.

  • *. Access to PCO UK, including the Companion, is included with all membership packages except for Affiliate - medical student