Covid-19 pandemic principles and standards

Guiding principles on how best to safeguard the welfare of children and young people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key principles for intimate clinical assessments undertaken remotely in response to COVID-19

This guidance is aimed at clinicians who are consulting remotely with patients through a digital channel (e.g. online, email, text, video-link) across healthcare settings in England. We expect the key principles in this document to be generalisable across the UK.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption and utilisation of online and video consultations as part of core clinical practice. This guide focuses on how to safely manage the receipt, storage and use of intimate images taken by patients for clinical purposes.

Read more and download the guidance here.

Guiding principles for safeguarding partnerships during the COVID-19 pandemic

Evidence is emerging that social distancing measures implemented for COVID-19 have adverse effects on children. In these guiding principles, published on 15 May 2020, we outline how best to safeguard the welfare of children and young people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can read more about the principles on the RCPCH website.

Looked After Children services in COVID-19 pandemic recovery plans – statement

The purpose of this joint statement from RCPCH and Royal College of Nursing is to outline the principles and standards for local service providers and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to aid the development of recovery plans for Looked After Children (LAC), raising awareness of vulnerable children and young people to mitigate risk and offer support where possible.

You can read more about the statement, and its principles and standards, on the RCPCH website.