Child's needs should be central

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7071.1549 (Published 14 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1549
  1. A F Mellon
  1. Consultant paediatrician District General Hospital, Sunderland SR4 7TP

    EDITOR,—I am concerned about some of the issues raised in the case discussed in the ethical debate about child protection.1 Given the nature of the case, it is entirely appropriate that social workers should have investigated it, as it was indeed an abuse of parental responsibility towards a child. I am not surprised at the child claiming that she must have slept through anything that happened. I have seen a teenage girl who denied the …

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