GMC to overhaul child protection advice

The GMC is to carry out a review of child protection guidance to build confidence in this 'complex and challenging' area of practice.

Child protection advice needed (Photograph: SPL)
Child protection advice needed (Photograph: SPL)

The GMC said it would set up a working group to develop the guidance by the end of 2011 to help doctors interpret the standards and put them into practice.

The working group on child protection will be chaired by Lord Justice Thorpe, the deputy chairman of the Family Justice Council.

GMC chief executive Niall Dickson said that it was vital that doctors who work in the arena of child protection were provided with appropriate guidance to help them in their day-to-day work.

'We need to build confidence in what will always be a difficult area of practice,' Mr Dickson said.

'The working group's members come from different perspectives but they are all committed to developing clear guidance for doctors that will promote good practice and benefit vulnerable children.'

Lord Justice Thorpe added: 'I very much hope that the initiative the GMC has taken will contribute to a future in which doctors feel secure in contributing to child protection procedures, including giving expert evidence to the courts.'

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