Protecting children and young people: the responsibilities of all doctors: guidance

General Medical Council
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The aim of this guidance is to help doctors to protect children and young people under 18 years of age living with their families or away from home (including those being looked after by a local authority) from abuse or neglect. It sets out the principles which should guide all doctors for protecting children and young people. It also provides guidance on identifying children and young people at risk of or suffering abuse or neglect, communication and support, working in partnership with others, confidentiality and sharing information, keeping records, child protection examinations, training and development, and doctors giving evidence in court. Notes on definitions of children, young people and parents, and details of other sources of information and guidance are included. Appendices cover assessing the capacity of a child or young person and assessing best interests.

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professional role, young people, child protection, children, doctors, general practitioners;
Content type:
practice guidance
United Kingdom
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