The above was released on 10 July 2012. It follows a review and consultation by a working group appointed by the GMC, which was chaired by Lord Thorpe, a Family Division Court of Appeal judge.

The guidance is aimed at supporting doctors who have to deal with a wide range of complex child protection issues. The guidance should be read in conjunction Good Medical Practice and 0-18 years: guidance for all doctors, as well as the GMC's guidance on confidentiality and consent.

We recommend that all doctors or those working within the child safeguarding/protection arenas read the advice.

Many of the accepted principles of good practice, especially relating to information sharing and confidentiality; record keeping, working in partnership; identifying children and young people at risk of, or suffering, abuse or neglect; keeping records and training and development are reiterated.

The guidance also introduces recommendations in relation to child protection examinations and giving evidence in court.