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Letters Five years after baby Peter

GPs’ role in safeguarding children

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 16 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4758
  1. Jenny Woodman, PhD research student1,
  2. Simon de Lusignan, professor of primary care and clinical informatics2,
  3. Imran Rafi, medical director, Clinical Innovation and Research Centre3,
  4. Janice Allister, clinical champion for child health3,
  5. Ruth Gilbert, professor of clinical epidemiology1
  1. 1MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health, UCL-Institute of Child Health, London WC1N 1EH, UK
  2. 2Department of Health Care Management and Policy, University of Surrey, Guilford, UK
  3. 3Royal College of General Practitioners, London, UK
  1. j.woodman{at}

The debate between Spence and Masters about whether the modern GP is a key player in safeguarding children from abuse and neglect risks polarising this discussion and wasting the opportunity to make better use of the systems we have.1

Child maltreatment is common and often chronic, but many affected children only occasionally, …

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