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Issue:  Volume 27 Issue 1, 2018

Editorial: Addressing the Disconnects in Child Protection Practice

Featured in this issue:

  • Serious Case Reviews
  • Historic child abuse investigations
  • Reporting sexual abuse in religious settings
  • Community-based pre-birth assessment
  • Peer-on-peer abuse and exploitation
  • Understanding and tackling neglect
Themed Issue:  Volume 26 Issue 6, 2017

Editorial: Physical Abuse of Children

Featured in this issue:

  • Physical abuse risk in child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Child protection social workers and assessing childhood bruising
  • Paediatricians’ reporting and training needs
  • Disclosure of child physical abuse
  • Reducing the incidence of non-accidental head injuries in infants

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Original Article: Assessing Parental Capacity when there are Concerns about an Unborn Child: Pre-Birth Assessment Guidance and Practice in England

Authors: Clare J. Lushey, Jane Barlow, Gwynne Rayns and Harriet Ward

First published online: 29 NOV 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2496

  • Existing guidance regarding pre-birth assessment are inadequate with regards to providing practitioners with the necessary information about the assessment process or tools with which to undertake the assessment.
  • Practitioners undertaking pre-birth assessment should be provided with better training regarding the assessment process.
  • There is a need for practitioners undertaking pre-birth assessment to use standardised tools alongside professional judgement.


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.


Short Report: A Qualitative Evaluation of Community Nurses’ Experiences of Child Safeguarding Supervision

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.


Original Article: Academic Disputes about Adult-Child Sexual Contact: A Critical Realist Appraisal

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.