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GMC guidance to doctors comes into effect

The GMC guidance document called Protecting Children and Young People: The Responsibilities of all Doctors has today come into force. It is the production of a working party who have taken two years to put the document together after listening to evidence provided by various child protection experts. The document has been issued to more than 230,000 doctors throughout the country and aims to help doctors protect children from abuse and neglect.

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the GMC, said:

“Child protection is a difficult area of practice, complicated by uncertainty and often very emotionally challenging. Parents and carers need to have full confidence that if there are any issues raised about the safety of their child, their doctor will take the right course of action. Part and parcel of this is making sure that doctors communicate properly with both parents and children to convey any concerns they may have.

“Our new guidance will help guide doctors toward making the correct decisions in this challenging but essential area of work”.