About this document
Paediatricians may encounter child protection cases in any setting. The aims of the Child Protection Companion (CPC) are to:
We hope this publication will contribute to the following broader objectives:
This document is aimed primarily at paediatricians working in the UK, but other health and non-health professionals working in the multiagency child protection process may also find it useful.
The document is based on the best available evidence at the time of writing and subsequent publication. Where statements are made, they are referenced where possible. It is noted, however, that in many areas there is a paucity of high-quality, reliable evidenced-based research. New evidence, at any time, could invalidate the findings and it is therefore the reader's responsibility to keep abreast of new literature. It is expected that the reader will be relying on appropriate professional knowledge and expertise to interpret the contents in the context of the circumstances of the individual child.
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