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Protecting children and young people: the responsibilities of all doctors, 10/07/12 [E/NI/S/W]

This guidance issued by the General Medical Council says that doctors must report concerns about child neglect or abuse even if they have only a “hunch” that something is wrong.

It advises that GPs treating patients must consider whether a child is being abused even if they have not seen them and mothers with post-natal depression and other serious mental health issues and people with drug or alcohol problems warrant further questioning about the welfare of children.

It includes advice on: Identifying children and young people at risk of, or suffering, abuse or neglect; Meeting the communication needs of children, young people and parents; Confidentiality and sharing information; Child protection examinations; and Giving evidence in court.

The guidance comes into effect on 3 September 2012.

For full details see Protecting children and young people: the responsibilities of all doctors which is available from the General Medical Council website.

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Protecting children and young people: the responsibilities of all doctors