The little princess was locked away in a tower in the woods where the witch made her sing to keep her young, she was so sad just wanted to leave the tower but the wicked witch would not hear of it!!
Then one day the handsome prince came and found the princess-he took her back to the kingdom to her parents and they all lived happily ever after....
Oh no wait thats actually Rapunzel.....as you were
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NSPCC Policy Practice Research Series
What Really Happened?
Child protection case management of infants with serious injuries and discrepant parental explanations
What Really Happened? Child protection case management of infants with serious injuries and discrepant parental explanations recounts and analyses, in a qualitative way, cases of severe injury in babies and young children where there are discrepant parental explanations. This concept of analysis by discrepant information is not one that is well established but could form an important part of the future analysis of injuries. I was particularly interested in the different accounts that many parents may give for these injuries.
These are terrible stories where severe injuries have been diagnosed in children but they have been sent home unprotected, sometimes to their death. I challenge anyone who reads these accounts not to be seriously moved and concerned by them. This book provides vital information for all those involved in the child protection process. However, there are also lessons not only for professionals and policy makers but for society as a whole.
This information will not come as a surprise to many who have long voiced concerns about the dangers to babies from abuse (National Commission of Inquiry into thePrevention of Child Abuse, 1996; Speight and Wynne, 2000). As a paediatrician and from my research and that of others, I know that these dangers are present with subdural haemorrhages (Jayawant et al., 1998), with non-accidental suffocation (Davis et al, 1998;McClure et al, 1996) and, indeed, with abuse as a whole (Sibert et al., 2002). Recently our research has shown that a third of babies sent home after confirmed physical abuse are re-abused (Ranton et al., 2002). In this report Dale, Green and Fellows also emphasise that very young babies may be at particular risk. This again is known to paediatricians (Sibert et al., 2002), where we found that sub-dural haemorrhage, fractures, bruises and burns are much more common in the first six months of life than in the second half of their first year. The issues that may predispose to this abuse are described well in What Really Happened?
These include parental mental health, domestic violence, and alcohol and substance misuse. These are substantial matters for all practitioners.
How common is abuse?
How common is child abuse is another theme of What Really Happened ? In fact, we have surprisingly very little information on this. We know how many children are entered on child protection registers but those figures measure process and not the numbers of actual abused children. The work by Dale, Green and Fellows adds to the evidence that we urgently need to develop systems through which we can know and understand how many children are abused rather than just those needing child protection plans.