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Queen's and NSPCC publish Northern Ireland's first child death and serious injury review
Date:1/23/2013

unlikely that the children who died or were seriously injured could have been identified as being at heightened risk;
  • There is a need for services to become involved at an earlier stage with families before problems became entrenched and harder to improve;
  • Services need to stay involved for longer with some families to ensure that improvements in parenting are consolidated in the longer term;
  • Alongside providing services to reduce the risk that children may be at from physical or sexual abuse, therapeutic services to children should be provided to address the psychological harm of poor parenting;
  • Professionals should be provided with opportunities to meet together more frequently to co-ordinate assessments and interventions with children and families;
  • Senior managers across organisations must take greater responsibility for ensuring that workloads of individual professionals are manageable and commensurate with their level of experience;
  • The interface between services working with children and services working with adults who are parents (for issues such as poor mental health or substance misuse) must be improved;
  • Senior managers should ensure that staff receive regular support and supervision in dealing with what is often highly complex and emotional work.

    As a result of the CMR review process public agencies have made a number of significant improvements in the way that children and their families are supported, including:

    • Improved information sharing between criminal justice and social care organisations in respect of adults who pose a serious risk of harm to children;
    • Introduction of an initiative to support medical and health professionals working in adult mental health and substance misuse services in respect of their child protection responsibilities;
    • A new structure for the receipt and management of referrals in respect of children to HSC Trusts;
    • A new regional framework across health and s
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    Contact: Claire O'Callaghan
    c.ocallaghan@qub.ac.uk
    07-772-649-694
    Queen's University Belfast
    Source:Eurekalert

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