The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have said that doctors in charge of child protection in their areas do not have time to do the job properly, which is resulting in additional risks to children.

A report has has highlighted that urgent action is needed to make sure that child protection is not an ‘afterthought’ in the reforms of the NHS and proper guidelines are drawn up.

A survey of 59 designated paediatricians with responsibility for child protection, known as named professionals, revealed that one doctor was   expected to cover a population of 200,000 children, with no allotted time for the role.