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by Dr Prasanna N. de
Silva and Ms Jacqui
Last reviewed: September 2020
Since the death of Victoria Climbié in 2000, new guidance
has been provided emphasising effective communication by medical
staff with other agencies. An intercollegiate document was
also published in 2010, entitled ‘Safeguarding Children and
Young People: roles and competencies for health care staff’.
Research by the Department of Education has
increased awareness of a ‘toxic trio’ of parental factors common to
75% of cases involving childhood death or severe injury due to
abuse, the three key factors being domestic violence, substance
misuse and poor mental health. The Baby Peter case
in 2012 again emphasised these factors.
In their report writing, psychiatrists have to
consider diagnosis, treatment and prognosis in the light of
parenting ability and potential scenarios where there would be risk
to children. Furthermore, legal processes for child protection
emphasise collaborative working more than the usual judicial
This module aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge
required to identify, present solutions for and work effectively
with children at risk.
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Illness (DVD) by Dr Alan Cooklin
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