RCGP Statement on NICE Guidance ‘When to Suspect Child Maltreatment’
22nd July 2009
Professor Steve Field, Chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners:
“GPs play an important role in helping children we suspect have been, or consider to have been, maltreated. This guidance from NICE complements the RCGP/NSPCC toolkit for GPs Safeguarding Children and Young People which is being used as part of the GP training curriculum. We have also produced an e-learning session on domestic violence with the RCPCH and include child protection in the annual continuing professional development evidence of the RCGP submission programme.
“Child maltreatment can include neglect and emotional abuse as well as sexual and physical abuse, and often has long lasting effects into adulthood.
“The GP’s role is crucial. We are often the first port of call for children and their families. Maltreatment of children is an important problem and this guidance is helpful because it can often be extremely difficult for the GP to make the necessary decisions.
“We know that child maltreatment has been under-diagnosed in the past and all new GPs now routinely receive training in this area to recognise the possible presentations and understand how to deal with them. Sometimes the action we take can be straightforward; sometimes it can be much more difficult.
“The RCGP is committed to playing an important role in improving standards in primary care. We welcome this guidance.”
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