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Protecting children and young people: The responsibilities of all doctors

Protecting children and young people is the responsibility of all doctors. We recognise that child protection is a difficult area of practice, and can be personally challenging.

This guidance includes eight guiding principles. It explores how you can make sure children and young people receive the care and support they need.

The guidance will help you know what to do if you identify children at risk of, or suffering, abuse and neglect. It encourages you to work in partnership with parents and others, and provides a framework to follow when you need to share information.

There is also a section on carrying out child protection examinations and advice if you need to give evidence in court.


This guidance came into effect 3 September 2012.

Download the guidance

You can download the guidance in English or Welsh.