New guidance on Protecting children and young people
10 July 2012
New guidance Protecting children and young people: the responsibilities of all doctors is published today.
The guidance comes into effect on 3 September 2012.
The draft guidance gives advice to doctors on:
- a. their duty to identify children and young people at risk of abuse and neglect, even when only treating adults
- b. the boundary between parental freedoms and child protection concerns
- c. good communication with children, parents and families when there are child protection concerns
- d. respecting confidentiality and when to share information
- e. good record keeping practice
- f. seeking consent to examination or investigation
- g. understanding how other professionals involved in child protection work consider and act on child protection concerns
- h. training and skills development
- i. giving evidence in court as a witness of fact and as an expert witness.
View the guidance and supporting materials
Visit our child protection webpage where you can download Protecting children and young people: the responsibilities of all doctors, read the guidance online, and explore some supporting materials.
Read the press release for the launch of the guidance.