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 – May 2022

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

  • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking guidance for paediatricians was ratified at the Child Protection Standing Committee.
  • We updated position on age assessments in our refugee and unaccompanied asylum seeking CYP guidance which was communicated to government.
  • Work is ongoing to update the Peer Review guidance and mandatory reporting position statement.
  • Discussions are being held with doctors for child death around RCPCH role in supporting them.
  • Proposal for leading on updating the Safeguarding Children and Looked After Children intercollegiate document is being produced.
  • RCPCH and Family Justice Council joint document on Paediatricians and Health professionals as expert witnesses is due to be updated shortly.

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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