Safe system framework: recognise and respond to children at risk of deterioration


A joint initiative with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to improve outcomes and reduce the incidence of deterioration in acutely ill children.

Clinicians and experts have agreed these elements make up a safe system:

  • patient safety culture
  • partnership with patients and their family
  • recognising deterioration
  • responding to deterioration
  • open and consistent learning
  • education and training

By following this system, national organisations and local services can make a difference to the recognition and response to children at risk of deterioration.

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