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Changing the response of professionals to child abuse.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9830191     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Britain has developed a child protection system that relies on good interprofessional communication. However, some doctors are questioning the benefits to the child of triggering a child abuse referral. The system has become disproportionately skewed towards investigation and risk assessment, leaving few resources for meeting the needs of children, or helping parents provide better care. The Department of Health (DoH) is proposing a policy to redress the balance; creating a more cooperative and less adversarial relationship with parents, and paying more attention to assessing family needs and long-term family functioning. This paper examines the history of the current system and argues that, while the proposed changes are desirable, it needs to be acknowledged that they may reduce the accuracy of risk assessments. Professionals, therefore, need the backing of the general public to implement such a fundamental shift in emphasis.
E Munro
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners     Volume:  48     ISSN:  0960-1643     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Gen Pract     Publication Date:  1998 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-12-04     Completed Date:  1998-12-04     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9005323     Medline TA:  Br J Gen Pract     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1609-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Social Policy and Administration, London School of Economics and Political Science.
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MeSH Terms
Child Abuse*
Great Britain
Health Policy
Interprofessional Relations*
Public Policy
Referral and Consultation
Risk Assessment

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