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There are no “basics” in child protection

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 02 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b408
  1. Lillian De Bortoli, researcher, PhD candidate1
  1. 1Child Abuse Prevention Research Australia, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC 3127, Australia
  1. Lillian.DeBortoli{at}

    In response to Irani’s letter,1 there are no “basics” in child protection.

    Identifying professionals with a “common sense approach” to safeguarding children is problematic and, more likely, unrealistic. Child protection is a complex issue, with research showing that professionals are affected by personal attitudes that influence their ability to recognise …

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