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Child Psychiatry and Child Protection Litigation

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781901242669
Author(s): Julia Brophy
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2001
Publisher: The Royal College of Psychiatrists
Dimensions: 144 x 13 x 220 (w x l x h)
Pages: 134

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What do the courts require of a clinical expert in child and adolescent psychiatry? How can clinical expert opinion be developed to improve family justice? In the decade following the Children Act 1989 two issues have emerged as indisputable. First, care proceedings are a multi-disciplinary exercise and second, child and adolescent psychiatrists are key players providing the majority of expert evidence. This book is based upon a study that analyzes and digests the views and practice of these clinicians after more than a decade's experience with the Children Act. The text examines the Act itself and what courts require of experts; the institutional and contractual base from which these clinicians approach medico-legal work; their own views of their added value to proceedings; and how this field of work should be taken forward, both by the family justice system and by the clinical community.
In a policy environment in which multi-disciplinary and multi-agency approaches to child abuse and neglect are vital and where evidence-based practice increasingly dictates clinical approaches, this book provides information for setting a new agenda for contemporary practice and future policy developments. It addresses complex and controversial issues in this field and the text may be central to future education and training initiatives for: new and established child and adolescent psychiatrists; lawyers, and ac
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