Facing the Future - standards for children and young people in emergency care settings

These standards aim to ensure that urgent and emergency care is fully integrated to ensure children are seen by the right people, at the right place and in the right setting.

We're encouraging emergency departments that see children to submit data to our national audit, so we can to monitor how well standards are being met across the UK and enable teams to plan improvements.

About the standards

The landscape of urgent and emergency care provision for children has changed significantly in recent years and continues to evolve at pace, albeit with much complexity and variation across the UK. These standards aim to ensure that urgent and emergency care is fully integrated to ensure children are seen by the right people, at the right place and in the right setting.

In total, there are 70 standards, covering:

  • an integrated urgent and emergency care system
  • environment in emergency care settings
  • workforce and training
  • management of the sick or injured child
  • safeguarding in emergency care settings
  • mental health
  • children with complex medical needs
  • major incidents involving children and young people
  • safe transfers
  • death of a child
  • information system and data analysis
  • research for paediatric emergency care.

Audit toolkit

This self-reported audit toolkit should be used by service leads to evaluate how well their children's emergency service aligns with the guidance provided by the standards. The toolkit was piloted in August 2018 across the UK and has been refined to support quality improvement and service development. 

We require 70% of services to submit data in order to monitor how well standards are being met across the UK and to enable teams in emergency departments to plan improvements. An audit toolkit has been developed to make submitting data easy. 

We recommend that the audit be completed by the multidisciplinary emergency care team as a tool for quality improvement. The audit toolkit and supporting guidance document can be downloaded below. 

Extensions are being honoured - please get in touch. 

For submission, help and support please contact the Health Policy team: health.policy@rcpch.ac.uk