RCPCH launches 2nd edition of The Child Protection Companion

600,000 children in England are referred to social care each year – with the rates showing no sign of slowing – so ensuring healthcare professionals are well equipped to provide the best possible support to these vulnerable children is crucial.

The second edition of The Child Protection Companion, published by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, provides guidance for paediatricians on everything from examination and identification of children presenting with non-accidental injuries, through to referral and court proceedings.   It contains information on the latest evidence, research, guidance, publications and standards on child safeguarding.

Dr Ian Maconochie, Registrar at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said:

'Safeguarding continues to be one of the most challenging aspects of a paediatrician’s job and we have to make sure they are fully competent and feel confident to approach child protection work.  The Companion should be the first port of call for paediatricians who have to deal with these kind of challenging issues every day.'

Since the first edition of the Companion was published in 2006, there have been some high profile child protection cases including Baby P – as well as more than 50 unnamed children killed every year due to non-accidental injuries.  Taking into account the several landmark publication impacting safeguarding management over the last seven years – including the Munro Review and the latest statutory guidance on child protection ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children,’- the RCPCH textbook covers key areas including:

  • Responsibilities of paediatricians
  • Good practice recommendations: covering medical assessment, parental factors, physical abuse, child sexual abuse, neglect and emotional abuse
  • Giving evidence at court proceedings
  • Training and support

Alongside the hard copy of the textbook, there will be an interactive website version available on the RCPCH website.


The Child Protection Companion is available to download here: http://www.rcpch.ac.uk/child-health/standards-care/child-protection/publications/child-protection-publications  and is being launched at the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health’s Annual Conference being held jointly with the European Paediatric Association between 5-8 June 2013.

For further information, or to speak to Dr Ian Maconochie, please contact: Melissa Milner melissa.milner@rcpch.ac.uk / 020 7092 6005