Perinatal healthcare teams: learning from case reviews

Topics: Case reviews

Summary of risk factors and learning for improved practice for the health sector

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:

  • non-accidental injuries
  • physical and emotional neglect.

Published: October 2015