Letters Child Protection Information System

Proposed Child Protection Information System seems to run counter to best evidence

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f504 (Published 30 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f504
  1. Jenny Woodman, researcher1,
  2. Ruth Gilbert, professor1
  1. 1UCL-Institute of Child Health, London WC1N 1EH, UK
  1. j.woodman{at}ucl.ac.uk

We are worried that the Child Protection Information System (CPIS) described by Hawkes runs counter to best available evidence.1

CPIS focuses on children presenting to emergency departments (A&E) who are subject to a child protection plan (CPP) or are in out-of-home care. However, maltreatment rarely causes injury or medical problems2—less than 1% of child A&E attendances for …

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