GMC to review child protection guidance

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

The GMC said it would set up a working group to develop the guidance by the end of 2011 to help doctors interpret and apply the GMC’s standards.

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 it is vital that doctors who work in child protection are provided with guidance to help them in their day-to-day work.

He said:  ‘We need to build confidence in what will always be a difficult area of practice.

‘The working group’s members come from different perspectives but they are all committed to developing clear guidance for doctors which 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 the future in which doctors feel secure in contributing to child protection procedures, including giving expert evidence to the courts.’

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