Girl should have been offered a chance of safetyBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7071.1549a (Published 14 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1549
- Juliet Butler
- Senior registrar in child and adolescent psychiatry Child Protection Team, Department of Psychological Medicine, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London WC1N 3JH
EDITOR,—I read the recent ethical debate on child protection with increasing uneasiness.1 Although the priority of the child's welfare and the danger of professionals “going it alone” are pointed out, other important issues are not addressed.
Did it not seem worrying to the general practitioner that the girl behaved as she did when the allegations were made? Phrases such as “she offered no explanation” indicate to …