Protecting children and young people: The responsibilities of all doctors

Other sources of information and guidance

National law, guidance and reviews

Toolkits and readers


Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, et al (2010) Safeguarding children and young people: roles and competences for healthcare staff: intercollegiate report London, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Giving evidence in court

British Medical Association (2008) Expert witness guidance London, British Medical Association

The Right Honourable Justice Wall (2007) A handbook for expert witnesses in Children Act cases Bristol, Jordans, 2nd edn

Ministry of Justice (2011) Practice Direction on Experts in Family Proceedings Relating to Children

Sources of independent advice and support for parents and families

The NSPCC is a national charity campaigning on behalf of children and young people. The NSPCC has helplines that children and adults can ring for advice and support. Children and young people can call ChildLine on 0800 1111. Adults can call 0808 800 5000 for help and advice.

The Family Rights Group (FRG) provides free confidential advice and support to families whose children are involved with local authority children’s services. Families can call its advice service free on 0808 801 0366 or send an email to FRG also has a range of free advice sheets on its website.

The Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC) provides free legal information, advice and representation to children and young people, and their families, and to carers and professionals. Families can call its advice service free on 08088 020 008 for legal advice on any topic.

The law societies provide internet-based search facilities to help people find solicitors.

Citizens Advice is an independent organisation providing free, confidential and impartial advice on all subjects to anyone. There is also advice and information on its website.

Family Lives is a national charity providing help and support on all aspects of family life. It has a confidential service called Parentline (0808 800 2222), which parents can call for free from landlines and most mobiles for information, advice, guidance and support on any aspect of parenting and family life.

Home-Start UK is a nationwide charity supporting children and families through a network of volunteers.

Family Action is a charity providing practical, emotional and financial support to disadvantaged and socially isolated families.