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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.
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.