Health professionals involved in perinatal care, such as GPs, midwives, health visitors, paediatricians, obstetricians, are best placed to identify families who need early help to prevent situations deteriorating to the extent that the baby or young child is at significant risk of abuse or neglect.
This briefing is based on case reviews published since 2011 which have highlighted lessons for perinatal healthcare teams to improve safeguarding practice.
In these case reviews, children died or suffered serious harm in a number of difference ways, including:
Published: October 2015
Our series of thematic briefings highlight the learning from case reviews conducted when a child dies, or is seriously harmed, as a result of abuse or neglect. Each briefing focuses on a different topic or learning for specific sectors, pulling together key risk factors and practice recommendations.
We work with local safeguarding partners to ensure that learning from case reviews can be accessed and shared at a local, regional and national level.
Find out how you can apply the lessons from case reviews and improve your practice to help protect children and young people.
Browse through our list of child safeguarding practice reviews, serious case reviews, significant case reviews and child practice reviews which were added to the National case review repository between 2017 and 2023.
Lessons from case reviews published since 2013, which have highlighted lessons for GPs and primary healthcare teams to improve safeguarding practice.
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