Paediatric Care Online (PCO UK) - now converted to a new portal for child protection

The RCPCH plays a unique and vital role in championing the safeguarding agenda for children and young people. As of Monday 1 June 2020 Paediatric Care Online (PCO UK) converted into a new portal to deliver trusted content for those involved in child protection.

About this change

In 2016, Paediatric Care Online (PCO UK) was developed as a decision-support tool with funding from the Department of Health, and launched by RCPCH in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Royal College of Nursing, Institute of Health Visiting and American Academy of Pediatrics.

Since launching PCO UK, our user base has indicated the need for more streamlined content focusing on child protection and safeguarding. There are now many decision-support tools available, and our users are focusing increasingly on child protection and safeguarding. We have therefore decided to establish this as the vision for the platform’s future.

We have therefore been making some changes, driven by a need for longer term sustainability, which the College has prioritised and reinvested in to achieve this going forward.

This new resource is called the Child Protection Portal, and will help you ensure excellence in safeguarding and child protection practice.

What does this mean for my active subscription?

In preparation for this move from PCO UK to Child Protection Portal, we created some FAQs, available to download belo. 

Key messages:

  • All chapters of the Child Protection Companion (CPC) will continue to be available for download to your computer or device as a PDF
  • The PCO UK mobile app will be suspended, but the new Portal is mobile responsive to allow easy access from smartphones and tablets
  • Some content will no longer be accessible on PCO UK, but can be accessed from other website:
  • The Key Practice Points (KPPs) will be available on the Child Protection Portal until the end of 2020. Please be aware that the KPP content will no longer be curated and updated, and as such we suggest you cross-check it with other national guidelines and standards.

You can find out more, including the subscription details, on our page about the Child Protection Portal.