Other Publications

Child Protection Clinical Network: Protecting Children, Supporting Paediatricians (June 2010)

The Department of Health (DH) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) jointly commissioned this project in response to concerns about the contribution of health services in protecting children and young people from harm. While we recognise much excellent work and considerable progress in many places, a number of inquiries and reviews over the last ten years have shown that children and young people do not yet have equitable access to high quality care. This project has demonstrated the unique potential of managed clinical networks (MCNs) to achieve this. MCNs provide the robust arrangements across organisations and the collective capacity and expertise to ensure equitable access to specialist advice, high quality training, development and support for clinicians, and to facilitate strategy development, governance, and quality improvement.

Guidance for best practice for the management of intimate images that may become evidence in court (June 2010)

Concern has been expressed about the possibility of inappropriate disclosure and use of intimate images obtained during the forensic medical examination of complainants of sexual violence or abuse. This guidance is intended to create an agreed practice and disclosure framework in order to reassure practitioners and complainants. This guidance applies to all intimate forensic medical examinations. Clinicians, particularly paediatricians, should be aware that images taken in the course of a medical examination may become evidence in court.

Not Just a Phase (April 2010)

The Young People's Health Special Interest Group of the RCPCH has published a guide focusing on the participation of children and young people in health services. It provides an insight into the key information needed to ensure children and young people are not only beneficiaries of a health service but key stakeholder influencing the quality and delivery of their health service. Hard copies of the guide can be purchased for £4.95+postage by email to [email protected] or by telephone on 01787 249 295.

Tackling Obesity through the Healthy Child Programme (November 2009)

This framework for action provides guidance and practical direction to reduce the risks of obesity for babies, toddlers and preschool children. Nineteen themes for action are outlined, providing a framework for practitioners who work with parents and carers, clear messages for parents and a basis for guiding public health strategy. The full document can be

Significant Harm: the effects of immigration detention on the health of children and families in the UK

This briefing from the Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Royal College of Psychiatrists and the UK Faculty of Public Health describes the significant harms to the physical and mental health of children and young people in the UK who are subjected to administrative immigration detention. It argues that such detention is unacceptable and should cease without delay. Other countries have developed viable alternatives and the UK should now follow suit. Meanwhile a set of specific recommendations is outlined to minimise the damage caused by the detention of children.

Optimising Health in the Early Years

This paper describes the changing context and nature of child health in the UK, the rationale for focussing on investment in the early years (0-8 years), a holistic framework to describe the determinants of child health and wellbeing, and how a child public health orientation and way of working can support the achievement of these goals. Its aim is to stimulate discussion and debate in early years settings with a view to strengthening the focus on children’s health issues.

The Forced Marriage Unit has published a revised set of multi-agency practice guidelines for frontline professionals (such as teachers, police officers, social and health care professionals, housing officers) to help them to work more closely together and to better identify and protect children and adults at risk of forced marriage.

Fabricated or Induced Illness by Carers (FII): A Practical Guide for Paediatricians  (October 2009)

This RCPCH document replaces the 2002 guide, after a study last year by the Department of Children, Families, and Schools, found that only 36% of paediatricians surveyed rated their confidence in dealing with FII cases highly. It aims to boost doctors’ confidence in an area of practice that most find fraught with difficulty, and to ensure that they take the right steps to protect children at risk.


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