RCPCH Child Protection Committees

These committees are responsible for championing the safeguarding agenda for children and young people. They advise on matters relating to child protection – preventing violence, exploitation and abuse against children.

Child Protection Standing Committee – and updates

Committee Chair (Officer for Child Protection): Dr Alison Steele

About the committee

    • Responds to matters when children are vulnerable to exploitation or abuse and ensures that children have a right to protection
    • Encourages policy developments that foster appropriate rights for children, develop preventative services and improve education
    • Liaises and communicates with appropriate organisations and committees to provide advice and response to matters relating to child protection

Updates – August 2022

Here’s our latest summary of child protection activity at the College:

  • Refugee and asylum-seeking children guidance for paediatricians was reviewed at the Child Protection Standing Committee and updated.
  • The Department of Health and Social Care asked RCPCH to produce safeguarding guidance for children and young people accessing early medical abortion services.
  • The updating of the Intercollegiate Document is due to commence in Autumn 2022
  • The Committee is reviewing the College’s position statement on mandatory reporting ahead of the publication of the final IICSA report.
  • We enclose below a 7-minute briefing, written by our Child Sexual Abuse Lead, Jo Gifford pertaining to child T.

If you would like to get involved or find out more about the committee’s work, contact the Health Policy team on health.policy@rcpch.ac.uk.

To sign up for periodic email updates from this committee, log in to your RCPCH account on the main website. In Your contact preferences, make sure you’ve opted in ‘College updates/professional updates’ and in Personalise your experience, select ‘Child protection’.

Child Protection Subcommittee (Systematic Reviews and Publications)

Committee Chair (Assistant Officer for Child Protection): Dr Emilia Wawrzkowicz

About the committee

The subcommittee oversees the Child Protection Evidence systematic reviews (formally the CORE-Info type of activity) programme of work and provides an oversight for updating the Child Protection Companion.

If you would like to get involved or find out more about the committee’s work, please contact the Research & Evidence team.

Child Protection Subcommittee (Scotland)

Chair: Dr Marianne Cochrane

About the committee

There are differences in the way child protection is managed in Scotland compared to the rest of the UK.

This subcommittee informs the Scottish Committee and the Standing committee on Child Protection matters pertinent to child protection in Scotland. It is a multidisciplinary committee that meets three times a year.

If you would like to get involved or find out more about the committee’s work, please contact Louise Slorance, RCPCH Scotland office.

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