PCCSF is an independent professional organisation set up to
support doctors with an interest or involvement in protecting
and safeguarding children. At present, it is funded by membership subscription, run as a not-for-profit company. PCCSF is affiliated to the Alliance of Primary Care Societies from the Royal College of General Practitioners.

We welcome members from all four UK jurisdictions, representing doctors from Primary Care with an interest in
the protection and promotion of welfare of children and young people. Our membership is predominantly GPs but we welcome doctors from other specialties interested in this work.

The benefits of membership include:
· A secure email discussion group;
· A regular newsletter;
· An annual conference ( The 7th is at RCGP in 2014)

A special seminar was held in 2013 to help define the role on Named GPs for Safeguarding Children and prepare a position statement on primary care safeguarding. Membership has grown year by year from 24 in 2007 to 70 in 2014.

For details of membership contact: pccsfmembership@nhs.net

Danny Lang,
Vice Chair, PCCSF

Monday, 4 January 2010

Children in Immigration Detention

We welcome the Joint statement from the RCPCH, RCPsych, RCGP and the Faculty of Public Health (Dec 09). This includes:
1. Children and young people in immigration detention should be recognised as Children in Need and be given the same safeguards such as an Initial Assessment completed within 7 days.
2. Mental health services should be provided on their current mental health needs and not on their immigration status.

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Harry Burns at the Annual RCGP Conference

Chief Medical Officer for Scotland since 2005, Dr Harry Burns gave a stirring presentation on Health Inequalities at the 2009 RCGP Conference in Glasgow with emphasis on the effect of social deprivation on child development and later life: http://www.rcgpannualconference.org.uk/pdf/Plenary%20-%20Addressing%20Health%20Inequalities%20-%20Harry%20Burns.pdf

from the PCCSF Newsletter first issue Dec 09

Child Protection then and now

19th Century:Child abuse was highlighted as a specific issue, in the latter part of the 19th century, by the medical profession. The British Medical Association was particularly active in the growing criticism of the practice of ‘baby farming' the permanent farming out to others for a fee or a one-off payment of new born children (Hayden et al 1999)

This prompted Charles Dickens to write what was later to become one of his best known works:"For the next eight or ten months, Oliver was the victim of a systematic course of treachery and deception. He was brought up by hand. The hungry and destitute situation of the infant orphan was duly reported by the workhouse authorities to the parish authorities. The parish authorities inquired with dignity of the workhouse authorities, whether there was no female then domiciled in "the house" who was in a situation to impart to Oliver Twist, the consolation and nourishment of which he stood in need. The workhouse authorities replied with humility, that there was not. Upon this, the parish authorities magnanimously and humanely resolved, that Oliver should be "farmed", or, in other words, that he should be despatched to a branch-workhouse some three miles off, where twenty or thirty other juvenile offenders against the poor-laws, rolled about the floor all day, without the inconvenience of too much food or too much clothing,"

“‘ I should like’ said the child, ‘ to leave my dear love to poor Oliver Twist; and to let him know how often I have sat by myself and cried to think of him wandering about in the dark nights with nobody to help him. And I should like to tell him’ said the child, pressing his small hands together and speaking with great fervour, ‘that I was glad to die when I was very young; for, perhaps, if I had lived to be a man, and had grown old, my little sister who is in Heaven might forget me, or be unlike me; and it would be so much happier if we were children there together.," (Dickens, C., first published 1834 as The Parish Boy’s Progress).

Any change? 21st Century: Pleas from Young Persons at Care Matters Conference 16.11.09 “We would like to have somewhere to store our things and not have to use black bin bags when we move from one carer to another. We would like to stay at the same school and not have to move school 3 to 4 times a year. When we have our annual assessments we would like the doctor to listen to us as people and not say we need CAMHS.”

The report CARE AND PREJUDICE is produced by the Children's Rights Director for England. In it children and young people speak about the challenges and prejudice they face when living in care. The report is based on a survey of 316 children and discussions with a further 46 children. Overall children in care believe that the general public has a negative view of children in care. (from Helen Elton)http://www.rights4me.org/newsView.cfm?newsID=92