A guide on management

J. Webb, C.Cooper, H. Jackson, I.Kolvin, B Roycroft, D. Wilson

British Medical Journal 1973; 4:657-660

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J. Webb, C.Cooper, H. Jackson, I.Kolvin, B Roycroft, D. Wilson, "A guide on management", prepared by a working party in the Department of Child Health, University of Newcastle, British Medical Journal, Volume 4, pp. 657-660, (British Medical Journal, December 1973).


In the United Kingdom up to 4,500 children may be battered each year, between 10% and 17% of them dying from their injuries and some 30% being permanently handicapped from brain damage.

The size and complexity of the problem presented by these difficult and deeply troubled families were recognized in Newcastle six years ago. A working party was set up in the university department of child health to consider all aspects of the problem and to reach a common understanding on its management. The working party has met every few months during these years, on five occasions with representatives of the police, and once with a clerk to the justices.

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