Child Maltreatment series with The Lancet - 3 December 2008

RCPCH launches Child Maltreatment series with The Lancet - 3 December 2008

Dr Patricia Hamilton, President, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health:

"Our society has to accept that child abuse happens and that paediatricians and social workers have a duty to act when they suspect any forms of maltreatment. This Lancet Series describes the evidence and research on which we base our actions.
"People should not be deterred from working in the professions that are involved in protecting children and young people. Most importantly, we must continue to put children first on all occasions. It is sometimes extremely hard to make judgements in child abuse cases. This Series of papers shows that training, strategies to improve recognition of maltreatment and a strong evidence base are vital.
"The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health already provides training to give doctors more skills in safeguarding children and has published guidance and evidence to support paediatricians and other professionals."

To view the papers visit The Lancet website - click here