Child protection and the anaesthetist: safeguarding children in the operating theatre

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health - RCPCH
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH);Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA)
Publication date:
14 July 2014


The primary aim of this guidance is to assist anaesthetists and theatre personnel if concerns are raised during the course of a routine anaesthetic or perioperative care that suggest a child may have been deliberately harmed, or that a child or other children in the family may be the victim of harm or neglect in the future. The second part of the document (Appendix 1) deals with the process that surrounds a planned anaesthetic for a formal (‘forensic’) examination, when signs of possible child sexual abuse are to be investigated. This is a rare event but the RCoA believes that since the anaesthetist and theatre team are very much involved with process, they must have appropriate knowledge of the procedures involved.