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Child protection: improving partnership working between hospitals and local authorities

 

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Child protection: improving partnership working between hospitals and local authorities

This report looks at how acute paediatric and local authority statutory child protection services in England work together in cases of suspected child maltreatment.

In particular, the study looks at what is viewed locally as good practice in staffing, identifying cases where child maltreatment should be considered, referring cases to social care and information-sharing, and to explore what supports interface arrangements that professionals deem most effective. It focuses on emergency departments and maternity services and their links with local authority social care.