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ABC of Child Protection, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-7279-1817-8
120 pages
June 2007, BMJ Books
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The fourth edition of this important and highly praised guide has been substantially revised and updated, providing concise, practical information on a difficult and distressing area of paediatric medicine. This new edition of the ABC of Child Protection now includes additional chapters on abdominal injury, neglect and failure to thrive. It presents the latest information on the diagnosis and investigation of abuse, and explains the current roles of social services and the law in safeguarding children.

Written by leading paediatricians, psychiatrists, social workers and lawyers, this comprehensive book is an invaluable reference for professionals concerned with children’s welfare, including general practitioners, emergency staff, paediatricians, police surgeons, psychiatrists, health visitors, social workers, and lawyers.

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Table of Contents



1 Child Abuse in Society.

Roy Meadow.

2 Non-accidental Injury: The Approach.

Alison Kemp, Jacqueline Mok.

3 Bruises.

Alison Kemp, Jacqueline Mok.

4 Burns and Scalds.

Christopher Hobbs.

5 Fractures.

Stephen Chapman.

6 Head Injuries.

Alison Kemp, Jacqueline Mok.

7 Ophthalmic Presentations.

Alex V Levin.

8 Visceral Injury.

Russell Migita, Kenneth Feldman.

9 Poisoning.

Roy Meadow.

10 Fatal Abuse and Smothering.

Roy Meadow.

11 Child Sexual Abuse: The Problem.

Christopher Hobbs.

12 Child Sexual Abuse: Clinical Approach.

Christopher Hobbs.

13 Child Sexual Abuse: Interpretation of Findings.

Donna Rosenberg, Jacqueline Mok.

14 Non-organic Failure to Thrive.

Donna Rosenberg.

15 Neglect.

Donna Rosenberg, Hendrika Cantwell.

16 Emotional Abuse.

Danya Glaser.

17 Fabricated or Induced Illness (Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy).

Roy Meadow.

18 Role of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team.

Fiona Forbes.

19 Medical Reports.

Roy Meadow.

20 Social Workers and Child Protection.

Michael Preston-Shoot.

21 Case Conferences.

Michael Preston-Shoot.

22 Child Care Law.

Barbara Mitchels.

23 About Courts.

Barbara Mitchels.

24 Dilemmas.

Roy Meadow.


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Author Information

Sir Roy Meadow, Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, St James University Hospital, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Jacqueline Mok, Consultant Paediatrician, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, UK

Donna Rosenberg, Forensic Paediatrician, University of Colorado, School of Medicine, USA

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The Wiley Advantage

Revised edition including latest changes in UK law

  • Highlights non-recognition, diagnosis and treatment of children experiencing abuse
  • Third of the chapters are new including abdominal injuries, shaken babies, and non-organic failure to thrive - one of the most common presentations of neglect
  • Covers many new developments in the subject such as diagnosis of visceral injury
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Reviews of previous editions:

“This is an excellent book; it gives clear guidance to professionals. If you are concerned about child abuse and its detection, then you must get this book.”

Australian Journal of Emergency Care

“Essential reading for all junior staff, health visitors, and social workers.”

Journal of Clinical Forensic Medicine

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