MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health
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Centre for Evidence-Based Child Health
Based within the centre and directed by Professor Ruth Gilbert, the Centre for Evidence-Based Child Health runs an education and research programme designed to help healthcare professionals to acquire the skills to critically analyse the evidence that underpins their day-to-day decisions.
Child maltreatment (child abuse and child neglect)
Our research into child maltreatment (often termed 'child
abuse' or 'neglect') looks at how this issue is dealt with by our health
services. This includes research into how incidents are recorded and
the role that healthcare professionals play in identifying maltreatment
and taking action.
Through our ongoing research we aim to help identify ways in which children who are being maltreated can receive the best possible care from the NHS. Our findings have already been used to inform the NICE guidelines for child maltreatment, and current research is investigating the impact of these guidelines on the recognition of cases of child maltreatment.
In 2009 NICE guidelines were published to help professionals recognise when they should suspect or consider the possibility that the child has been deliberately harmed and to record their concerns. We are analysing routinely collected Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data to establish the pattern of child maltreatment-related admissions to hospital before and after the introduction of the NICE guidance.
The study will also explore the patterns of injuries and variations between trusts in how child maltreatment is recorded and compare HES data from England and Wales with data from Scotland and independent datasets.
Principal investigator: Ruth Gilbert
More information: Children's Policy Research Unit website
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