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Original Article: Assessing Capacity to Change in High-Risk Pregnant Women
Authors: Paul H. Harnett, Jane Barlow, Chris Coe, Caroline Newbold and Sharon Dawe
First published online: 3 OCT 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2491
- The current project found that a community-based pre-birth assessment and care pathway with high-risk pregnant women was feasible and acceptable for practitioners and service users.
- The pathway began mid-pregnancy and support was provided following the birth of the infant for up to 12 months.
- Over 40 per cent of infants whose mothers were allocated to the pre-birth risk assessment pathway showed improvements in child safeguarding status at 12 months.
Authors: Moira Little, Tracey Baker and Annette M. Jinks
First published online: 27 SEP 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2493
- Safeguarding supervision was viewed as a child-focused, helpful activity that has led to practice improvements.
- Negative comments were in the minority and related to perceptions of its intrusive and punitive nature, the time involved and competing priorities.
- Improvements advocated were that safeguarding supervision should include discussion about children whose care is problematic but who are not subject to formal child protection proceedings.
Author: David Pilgrim
First published online: 12 SEP 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2497
- A minority academic position is that adult-child sexual contact is usually harmless and ethically and psychologically warranted in society. Public and professional concern about the contact is depicted as a ‘moral panic’.
- The recent history of that minority position is examined and justifications from policy libertarians and pro-paedophile groups summarised.
- Using resources from the philosophy of critical realism, this position is critiqued for its unwarranted reliance on the assumption that adult-child sexual contact has become a moral panic.
Author: Jo Aldridge
First published online: 4 SEP 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2492
- Historic (non-recent) child abuse investigations need to consider the effects of investigative processes on victims and survivors.
- Such investigations include those undertaken by the police and by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).
- Victim and survivor accounts need to be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly in order for victims/survivors not to feel let down by, and disconnected from, criminal justice and IICSA processes.
Authors: Dong Ping Qiao, Andrew Jonathan Whittaker and Tong Zhang
First published online: 31 AUG 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2488
- Child abuse is a complex social problem that is often deeply rooted in the cultural, economic and social practices of the country in which it exists.
- Child abuse in China is understood as deliberate and harmful acts, while many Western societies also include acts of omission such as neglect.
- There is a complex relationship between public awareness, media coverage and state intervention.
Authors: Lindsay Voss, Helen Rushforth and Catherine Powell
First published online: 10 AUG 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2489
- Medico-legal considerations may dominate health assessment of children when CSA is suspected and yet only a small proportion of cases proceed to court.
- A specialist centre can provide a child-friendly environment and enhance interprofessional communication.
- A high proportion of children referred to statutory services following suspected CSA have a range of health and psychosocial needs that require further follow-up.
- Roles that cross professional boundaries may enhance CSA services but this concept requires further research.