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3 04 Care of Children and Young People


  • As a general practitioner (GP) you have an important role in the care of children and young people
  • Most healthcare for children and young people is delivered outside the hospital setting
  • Patients under 15 years of age comprise around 20% of the average GP list and account for one in four GP consultations
  • School children visit the GP between two and three times a year, but this figure is doubled in the under-fives (who visit the GP an average of six times per year) [1]
  • A child’s and young person’s experiences in early life – and even before birth – have a crucial impact on their adult health and life chances
  • There is an opportunity to promote health in all contacts with children, young people and families, and this should be targeted particularly at the vulnerable and socially excluded [2]
  • All general practitioners need to be competent in dealing with safeguarding matters concerning children
  • GPs should be able to recognise the support needs of those children and young people who care for others
  • General practitioners should recognise and respond to the needs of children and young people in special circumstances, through referral and joint working

Knowledge and skills guide

This section contains the learning outcomes for the 'Care of Children and Young People' curriculum module.

These are grouped into 12 core areas of competence concerned with the tasks you will undertake as a general practitioner when delivering care to people in your community.

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Case discussion

This section contains a scenario and questions for reflection which help to illustrate the learning points in this module.

James, a 14 year old boy who is accompanied by his parents, presents to you in morning surgery following the discovery that he has been diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)...     

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How to learn this area of practice

This section includes suggested activities and strategies for developing the competences you will require.

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Useful learning resources

This section provides suggestions for further reading and other resources to help you in your training, including books, journal articles and web resources.     

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This section lists references which have been used in the development of the curriculum.         

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