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A way to restore British paediatricians’ engagement with child protection

Mathews, Benjamin P., Payne, Heather, Bonnet, Catherine, & Chadwick, David (2009) A way to restore British paediatricians’ engagement with child protection. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 94(5), pp. 329-332.

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Abstract

This article draws on international evidence to propose a solution to a key problem affecting UK paediatricians and child protection. Disciplinary actions brought by the General Medical Council against doctors for their testimony in, and or reporting of, cases of suspected child abuse, have caused damaging consequences for the profession and, worse, for child protection. Because of these cases and mounting numbers of complaints, paediatricians are less likely to report suspected child abuse, and are less willing to accept leading child protection roles. This problem demands a solution. Informed by a comparative analysis, this article suggests that enacting a legislative immunity for paediatricians from legal and administrative proceedings where a report of suspected child abuse is made in good faith, is required to restore paediatricians’ willingness to report suspected child abuse and engage in child protection work.

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ID Code: 17820
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: British paediatricians, reporting child abuse and neglect, law, immunity from proceedings
DOI: 10.1136/adc.2008.154997
ISSN: 0003-9888
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 BMJ Publishing Group
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Deposited On: 16 Feb 2009 08:58
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:04

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