Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health advice

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), along with partners from several Royal health colleges, has developed standards on emergency care for children.

Their report lays down a set of standards on the minimum care requirements for children and young people.  It notes that NHS staff in emergency care settings should be able to access child protection advice from a paediatrician with safeguarding experience 24 hours a day and that all children should receive an initial clinical assessment within 15 minutes of arriving at an emergency setting.

With regards to information sharing, the standards suggest that any visit made by a child or young person to any emergency setting must be advised to that child or young person’s primary care team ie doctor, health visitor or school nurse.