A report written by NSPCC, the Royal College of GPs and researchers from the University of Surrey and University College London, states family doctors are ideally placed to spot early warning signs of child abuse.
The report states:
At a time when child protection services are under acute pressure and the role of universal services is under scrutiny, our report raises a crucial question for policy makers and professionals: is it time to rethink the role of the GP for children with maltreatment-related concerns and their families?"
We suggest that reconceptualising the GP's role to include direct responses to certain children and families.
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