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The RCPCH recognises that terminology referred to throughout the CPC is based primarily on English law, legislation and guidance. Where appropriate, consideration has been given to the differences in policy and practice in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the legal differences in Scotland.
The CPC is for use by healthcare professionals and paediatricians in child protection cases. It is based on the best available evidence at the time of writing and subsequent publication. New evidence, at any time, could invalidate the findings and it is therefore the reader's responsibility to keep abreast of new literature. It is expected that the reader will be relying on appropriate professional knowledge and expertise to interpret the contents in the context of the circumstances of the individual child.
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