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 did 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 below.
- All chapters of the Child Protection Companion (CPC) continue to be available for download to your computer or device as a PDF.
- The PCO UK mobile app is suspended. The Portal is mobile responsive to allow easy access from smartphones and tablets.
- Some content is longer be accessible on PCO UK, but can be accessed from other websites:
- The Key Practice Points (KPPs) were removed from the Child Protection Portal in spring 2021.
You can find out more, including the subscription details, on our page about the Child Protection Portal.