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Climbié inquiry recommends national agency for children

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7383.239 (Published 01 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:239
  1. Harvey Marcovitch
  1. London

    Lord Laming's report on the torture and murder of 8 year old Victoria Climbié by her carers calls for “rigorous attention to the medical model” when evaluating children diagnosed as possibly abused.

    Lord Laming added: “The systematic approach commonly applied by paediatricians to the diagnosis and treatment of physical disease should be applied.”

    His independent statutory inquiry into how the authorities failed to protect Victoria, who died in London three years ago, criticises many of those who dealt with her during the last seven months of her life. But it reserved its harshest strictures for “managers and senior …

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