Keeping children safe from abuse

The NSPCC estimates over half a million children are abused in the UK each year.

Child protection is in the spotlight with the four UK governments looking at how to improve the systems which exist to keep children safe.

Are you feel confident you know how to identify the signs of abuse and what to do if you are worried about a child?

What do I need to do?

For all UK doctors: It is important that you know what to do if you think a child is or might be at risk of harm. Even if you don’t work directly with children, you may become aware of a risk to a child and you will need to follow our guidance on child protection.

For doctors in England: The Government is thinking about introducing new legal obligations to report or act on suspicions of child abuse or neglect. If introduced, these proposals would affect all doctors working in England. If you would like to make your views heard, you can respond to the Home Office’s consultation on the proposals, which closes on 13 October.

The Home Office's consultation on the proposals closed on the 13 October.

For doctors in Scotland: The Scottish Government is revising some parts of their proposed named person scheme following a decision by the Supreme Court. You can read more about this on our Scotland news page. In the meantime, the circumstances in which you can share information about a child have not changed and are covered in our guidance on child protection.

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