New guidance gives doctors clarity on child abuse


Embargoed until 0001 on Tuesday 10 July 2012

The GMC have today launched new guidance for all doctors to help protect children from abuse or neglect.

UK-wide medical defence organisation MDDUS believe the new guidance Protecting children and young people: the responsibilities of all doctors will provide doctors with valuable support in dealing with child protection issues.

MDDUS senior medical adviser Dr John Holden says: “MDDUS welcomes the new guidance to help doctors protect children from abuse or neglect. We receive regular calls from members who seek advice on reporting suspicions when they feel confidentiality may be an issue.

“It is a sensitive and emotive subject and this guidance will help give doctors clarity and the confidence to act where there are signs of abuse.

“The child’s best interests must be the doctor’s first concern. The guidance reminds doctors to work in partnership with colleagues to keep children safe. MDDUS recommends that doctors seek advice from a senior colleague, a lead child protection liaison contact or medical defence organisation if in any doubt.”

Visit the GMC’s website for the full guidance which comes into effect on 3 September.


For further information contact Richard Hendry on 0845 270 2034 or 07976 272266, or email

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