Letters GPs and safeguarding children

Children’s alcohol use is also a safeguarding issue

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4831 (Published 30 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4831
  1. Robert Patton, researcher1
  1. 1Addictions Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, London SE5 8BB, UK
  1. robert.patton{at}kcl.ac.uk

I agree that GPs should take on increased responsibility for the safeguarding of children,1 and that early detection of maltreatment is a key aspect. Screening for alcohol use among younger adolescents would also be useful.

Although the main burden of chronic alcohol related disease is in adults, its foundations often lie in adolescence.2 The proportion of 11-15 year olds …

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