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Child Abuse: New Database Of Medical Visits
A national database is being introduced in hospitals to flag up potential vulnerable children to nurses and doctors.
It is in order to prevent cases similar to that of Baby Peter Connelly in which health and social service workers repeatedly failed to pick up on signs that the toddler was being abused.
He died of multiple injuries in August 2007.
Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter is behind the system and said: "For many years there's been a problem of getting joined-up and co-ordinated information to front-line healthcare professionals about children that may be potentially at risk from abuse."
Under the system, a flag will appear on the child's medical record at any hospital they attend if they have already been identified by a local authority as being at risk, or if they have frequently been taken to accident and emergency departments.
Currently, this sort of information is not shared between hospitals up and down the country.
Dr Simon Eccles, of Homerton Hospital in east London, believes it will help doctors make better judgements.
"Spotting those characteristic injury patterns that tell you a child has been abused is one thing," he said, "but what's much harder is the child whose injuries are completely understandable but actually have just been happening too often."
Lauren Matthews, whose nine-year-old son Leo has been in hospital recently, told Sky News she has her concerns: "Two weeks ago we had to take him to hospital because his friend closed his hand in the door. And then yesterday we had to come into hospital again because he had an asthma attack, so in certain situations it could be taken out of context."
Doctors say the system will only deal in facts and they will objectively assess each case.
Work will begin on it in early 2013 and it will start to be introduced to NHS hospitals in 2015.
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what do you think?
Funny how everything is being introduced in 2015. It sounds like a good idea having s data base to protect the children but what if the current government get kicked out and a new government doesn't carry it on?
they will get kicked out
Excellent idea . One wonders why it has taken so long . This should of been done a long time ago !!!!
I see trouble ahead with memories of those children in Scotland some years ago when a social believed the children had been sexually abused - this system raises as many questions as it answers
Dont worry krafty81 it'll just be added to that ever increasing can you have been carrying since the career politicians took over from those who actually wanted to help those worse off than themselves!
Having worked in data collection and statistical analysis for the nhs for a number of years (including creating this type of software) I can assure you that around 50% of the data won't even get recorded, from what is there about 50% of that will be incorrect and the medical staff will (very often) just refuse to use it as most aren't IT literate. That's why good admin staff are like gold dust in the nhs - shame the ConDems laid so many off - this could have made a difference too.
ST can yo explain why you have got thumbs down for stating something based on fact and experience?
Maybe there's some nhs managers about who just don't like the truth - and yeah, I do have actual proof of some terribly bad use of data. I can't name who or which nhs trusts here (as my job now involves inspection and enforcement) but trust me, the people calling the shots with this don't actually understand how these processes work. I know of enough department heads who can't even work out a percentage nevermind anything actually taxing.
The problem with the NHS is there are a lot of admin staff very few are good NHS admin is mediocre at best
Allow me to beg your indulgence but am afraid parenting in the 21st century is a discrage all about benefits and freeloaders and not looking after kids properly
Sorry but that is just not true I know a number of young parents who put us older ones to shame and they are definitely not free riders. The problem here is that this so called data collection will NOT solve the problem where children are being abused but on the contrary could lead to some major mistakes - as has already happened
Rubbish kids these days are not brought up properly kids play in street these days till gone 10 parents simply don't care as long as they have the dole money
If it helps save one child from abuse it is worth it
Fine can not disagree Diane but what about those wrongly accused by a self appointed box ticker - has happened. How would you feel if someone suggested your child was being abused by you simply because they disagreed with the way you were acting. Rem Dr Spok had these ideals then before his death admitted to being responsible for a generation of brats.