Terms & conditions and privacy statement

The terms and conditions of accessing the RCPCH website, supported browsers and devices and our privacy statement, including the use of cookies.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) is a registered charity in England and Wales (1057744) and in Scotland (SC038299)

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Terms and conditions

Access to and use of this site ('rcpch.ac.uk') is provided by The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) subject to the following terms.

By using rcpch.ac.uk you agree to have accepted these terms and understand that no legal relationship is created between you and the RCPCH. If you do not agree to these terms please do not access and/or use rcpch.ac.uk.

  • These terms are subject to change at any time by the RCPCH. Any such changes will be posted online. Please check these terms on a regular basis to make sure you are aware of any changes made by the RCPCH. Your continued use of rcpch.ac.uk after changes are posted indicates that you agree to these terms as updated and/or amended.
  • The resources on rcpch.ac.uk contain general information about the services of the RCPCH. Professional guidance should always be obtained before acting on any information provided on rcpch.ac.uk.
  • In no circumstances shall the RCPCH be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages arising out of or in any way connected to rcpch.ac.uk.
  • Attempts are made to ensure that rcpch.ac.uk functions properly and that information contained within rcpch.ac.uk is accurate. However, the RCPCH provides rcpch.ac.uk on an "as is, as available" basis without any guarantees of any kind. Every effort will be made to correct or delete errors and or inaccurate information brought to the College's attention where appropriate. Such information should immediately be reported to the RCPCH.
  • The RCPCH does not guarantee that resources on rcpch.ac.uk will be available at all times, are error free, or that rcpch.ac.uk and its server are free of bugs and viruses.
  • Access to rcpch.ac.uk is recorded and may be stored and used for statistical analysis.
  • All copyright belongs to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 2007-2010.

Supported browsers and devices


We recommend the following browsers for viewing RCPCH’s website: Firefox (latest), Google Chrome (latest), Safari (latest), Internet Explorer version 10 or 11.

Users with earlier browser versions, particularly of Internet Explorer, may experience some styling discrepancies or issues on advanced functionality such as online payments.

To upgrade your browser to the latest version, go to::

If you don't know your browser, go to www.whatismybrowser.com.

If you experience problems completing any task on this website and are not able to upgrade your browser, please email website@rcpch.ac.uk with full details so we can try to help you.


The website can be used on most devices. Most content will resize to the size of mobile and tablet screens.

Privacy statement

Protecting the privacy and personal data of visitors to our site is highly important to us. The following explains how the RCPCH uses any information you give to us and the way we protect your privacy.

This privacy statement only covers the website rcpch.ac.uk and subsidiary pages administered by the RCPCH. It does not cover links within this site to websites owned or administered by other organisations.

Data protection

In accordance with the Data Protection Act, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. We will only use your information for the purpose as described and we do not pass on your details to any other government department or third party unless you have given us permission to do so. You have a right to access your personal data and rectify any inaccuracies.

If you have any concerns about personal details or images on this site, please email dataprotection@rcpch.ac.uk.

Site usage

If you provide feedback on our website we will only use it to develop and improve the site. We do not store feedback but analysis of feedback may be kept.


This website uses cookies to help improve the layout of the site. Cookies are small data files on the hard drive of your computer that help to remember settings (eg your name and preferences), so you don't have to re-enter them whenever you visit a new page.

Cookies also allow us to measure how you use this website so we can make sure it meets your needs. The data we collect in this way does not contain any personal information, nor information about other sites you have visited.

For details on how to stop your browser from setting cookies, please see aboutcookies.org, which contains thorough details on cookies and how to disable them in all major browsers

The following first party cookies are currently being placed by www.rcpch.ac.uk.

Cookie Name

What is it?



This is a session cookie, used to track logged-in status. The cookie name is usually suffixed with a random ID. E.g. SESS1234abc. It lasts for 24 days

24 days


This is a load balancer cookie. If a site uses multiple servers, this cookie helps distribute tasks.  

When you close your browser


This records whether the user has javascript enabled on the browser. This cookie alters available functionality based on whether the user is allowing javascript.

When you close your browser


We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it is meeting users’ needs and to understand how we could do it better.

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (eg your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are.

For full details on these cookies please see Google’s privacy policy.

The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:


What is it?



randomly generated number 

2 years 


randomly generated number 

30 minutes 


randomly generated number  

When you close your browser  


randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search)  

6 months  

AddThis (sharing website content)

We use AddThis cookies to track movement throughout the website and allow users to share website content with external services like Facebook, Twitter and email. These cookies also allow users to see statistics on pages (eg count of Facebook likes).

For full details on these cookies, please see the AddThis privacy policy

To stop these cookies being placed by your web browser, go to AddThis opt out.


What is it?



Measures how often we see an Add This user

2 years 


User id and login time tracking

When you close your browser


Geolocation, used to help publishers know approximately where people sharing information are located

3 months


These cookies are used in recording user sharing and social activity

2 years


Uniquely assigned machine generated user ID

2 years


Maintenance cookies that help manage expiration for other cookies

2 years

Qualaroo (survey application)

For full details, see Qualaroo cookies and Qualaroo privacy policy.


What is it?


with ki_
(eg ki_t)

These cookies, provided by Qualaroo Inc., are used for their embedded survey application so that we can gather and make best use of customer feedback.

5 years

Forum and blog

RCPCH blog contribution rules (PDF, 24KB)

RCPCH web forum terms and conditions of use (PDF, 64KB)


This site has security measures in place to protect the loss and alteration of information under our control.

Changes to the privacy policy

These terms are subject to change at any time by the RCPCH. Any such changes will be posted online. Please check these terms on a regular basis to make sure you are aware of any changes made by the RCPCH. Your continued use of this site after changes are posted indicates that you agree to these terms as updated and/or amended.

If the privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on the website. Regularly reviewing the privacy policy page ensures you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we will share it with other parties.

This privacy statement was last updated on 17 October 2012.


The College would like to thank the following for the use of images on this website:

St George's Hospital, Tooting, London

Paul Underhill  www.paulunderhill.com

Simon Leigh www.simonleigh.com