According to General Medical Council, doctors, treating adults, will now be even responsible to administer in case a child is subjected to any fear or abuse. The council has published a new guidance, Protecting Children and Young People: The Responsibilities of All Doctors, under which the doctors will be even looking out for the child protection and in case they find anything wrong, they will be contacting their seniors.
Doctors have been permitted to question the couples, they might suspect would not be providing the child with proper care, mothers suffering post-natal depression, those of who indulged in drug and alcohol abuse, should be asked regarding the care.
Moreover, even children as young as five year old should be inquired of any abuse or fear they might have or are facing.
The doctors have a major role to play in child protection; hence, they are believed to have knowledge of children who might be at risk.
A survey was conducted by website Netmums, under GMC, which showed that 94% of parents were in favor of the guidance and wanted the doctors to actively support it.
Further, 99% of respondents said, "Doctors should take steps to find out whether a child was at risk if they thought that parents were taking illegal drugs or abusing alcohol".
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