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

A new audit toolkit is available now to support services to monitor how they are meeting these standards. The audit data will provide the RCPCH with a better understanding of how emergency care is provided to children across the UK and enable teams in emergency departments to plan improvements. The deadline to submit data to the audit is 1 March 2019.

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 the following areas:

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

Completed toolkits should be sent to the Health Policy team by Friday 1 March 2019.

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