Update - May 2020
On 1 June we will launch our Child Protection Portal, a new microsite on child protection and safeguarding for child health professionals, allied health professionals, social workers, solicitors and barristers. Content will include the Child Protection Companion, described below, and our systematic reviews, as well as news and links to educational opportunities on this topic.
The Child Protection Portal replaces Paediatric Care Online, reflecting our users' needs for a resource focussed on safeguarding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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