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GPs are urged to take on greater role in safeguarding children

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 08 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4494
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

GPs are ideally placed to take on a greater role in safeguarding children by spotting early warning signs of maltreatment and using their skills to provide children and their families with direct support, a new report concludes.1

The report estimates that for every child who is subject to a child protection plan there are another eight who are experiencing neglect and emotional abuse but are not receiving services. The report, a collaboration between the Royal College of General Practitioners, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), and researchers from the University of Surrey and University College London’s Institute of Child …

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