In spite of the public outcry at sad cases such as Baby Peter and Khyra Ishaq, when it comes to the crunch the public simply do not support paediatricians in their work in child protection. Families are constantly obstructive and often aggressive when it comes to their turn for assessment, and this is reflected in a pattern of an increasing number of complaints against paediatricians and a reluctance for paediatricians to get involved in child protection roles, or possibly even report child protection concerns.Hmm, now, why could that be? Tessa doesn't really elaborate.
Well, it's because of people like Professor Sir Roy Meadow. And Dr David Southall.
And not forgetting, since she mentioned the Baby P case, the paediatrician that failed to diagnose a broken back and then fled the country to escape any consequences...
But don't let little bumps in the road stop your grand trek to a brave new world, eh Tessa?
Once the public is more at ease with how paediatricians deal with child protection cases we can move on to the next step. At that stage, it will be time to look towards the sense of community that will see us reporting on our friends and neighbours with our concerns.