In a consultation document on the future of children and young people services, the DoH said this will be an ‘important new role’ for GP consrotia.
But is also said that it will be ‘beyond the experience’ of most existing GP commissioning groups.
‘Achieving equity and excellence for children’ said it will give every NHS commissioning body ‘clear statutory responsibility’ to safeguard children.
The document said: ‘PCTs and SHAs have responsibility for safeguarding set out in statute.
‘We propose that there should pass to GP consortia and the NHS Commissioning Board, adapted as necessary to reflect the wider roles of those bodies.’
Health secretary Andrew Lansley said: 'In our new vision for the NHS, and in preparing for our public health White Paper later this year, we are determined to provide for children and young people as an essential and integral part of delivering better health outcomes.
'We need to act urgently to protect our most vulnerable, not just look after those who know their way around the system.'
The consultation closes on 11 October.