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GPs keen to play bigger role in responding to cases of child maltreatment

 

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GPs keen to play bigger role in responding to cases of child maltreatment

GPs are ideally placed to spot early warning signs of child maltreatment and to work with families to prevent them from getting worse, according to a joint report by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), leading children’s charity NSPCC and researchers from UCL and the University of Surrey.

The report, The GP’s Role in Responding to Child Maltreatment, claims that giving family doctors the time, support and autonomy to work with vulnerable families in the community – as well as referring cases to social care services – could benefit children and families in the short and long term.