Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Letters: How not to protect children from abuse | Society | The Guardian

Letters: How not to protect children from abuse | Society | The Guardian

Your report (Child A&E visits logged in bid to expose child abuse, 27 December) ignores the adverse consequences of attempting to profile parents who take their children to hospital casualty departments. Department for Education statistics show that for 2011-12 there were 42,900 children subject to a child protection plan in England – but 166,900 children and families were falsely referred to children's social care services.
For the sake of children, the unintended consequences of child protection policy should be part of the debate. This is because the risk of such an overtly suspicious database policy is that some children may never get to accident and emergency because many parents, having previously been falsely charged with child abuse, may find it difficult to approach the system in trust and confidence...
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