Doctors’ roles and responsibilities in child protection work are to be examined by the General Medical Council, which is asking for submissions of evidence about the issue.
The request is being placed with social workers, doctors, other health professionals, police, lawyers, children and young people and their families, and carers.
Niall Dickson, chief executive of the GMC, said: “We want to know what is and what is not working and how matters could be improved. This will help us produce clear and effective guidance for doctors to support them when working with families or treating children who may have been neglected or abused.”
The call for evidence asks respondents to answer questions about consent and confidentiality, relationships with carers and family members, doctors working in partnership and doctors’ knowledge, skills and experience.
The consultation will be open until 24 September and the new guidance is expected to be published at the end of next year.