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#24 Alison Kemp case study

A scientific foundation for the first national clinical standards in the assessment of child abuse

Improving the clinical assessment of child abuse

Responding to the crisis in confidence amongst clinicians involved in child protection, Cardiff University developed the world’s first research programme to provide the scientific basis for more reliable clinical assessments of child abuse and neglect. Led by Professor Alison Kemp, the research has directly informed five national clinical guidelines, including the NICE guidance on child maltreatment, and the National Child Protection Training Programme delivered to all healthcare staff across the UK.

The programme’s Core-Info website is accessed annually by 100,000 health professionals, social workers, police, the judiciary and researchers from 40 countries.  A recent survey confirmed that 60% of child protection paediatricians in the UK and Australia use the website to inform clinical decisions.

The Deputy High Court Judge in the Family Division and Recorder in the Crown and County Court believes that one of the work’s major benefits has been the improvement in the scientific validation and quality of expert opinion presented in Family and Criminal Child Protection Court Cases.

“This resource does not only allow easy access for improved clinical decision-making, the evidence base also underpins improved expert evidence in courts around the world.” Former president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

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