Child protection in the postnatal period - issues and outcomes

Maltreatment is one of the major sources of both health and social inequalities, and a significant proportion of this abuse occurs during the first year of a child’s life, with evidence from serious case reviews suggesting that current practice to protect the most vulnerable children is still inadequate (e.g. 39% of serious case reviews in England relate to babies under the age of 1 year with just under half of all fatalities also being children under the age of one year).  This paper will examine some of the key issues with regard to child abuse in the perinatal period, and present the findings of a recent RCT aimed at reducing the risk of abuse in substance dependent parents of children under the age of 2 years.  The paper will conclude with a brief description of some of the further research on this topic that is now being conducted in DSPI.


This event will take place on Microsoft Teams.


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