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My background is in Psychology, Health Promotion, Education, Business Development and Management. Specialist research areas include child protection, mental health, pregnancy, domestic abuse, adverse childhood experiences, risk and decision making and health promotion and public health. I have recently completed a PhD entitled: Protecting an Unborn Baby- Health and Social Care Professionals' Decision Making.
Background Midwives and children’s services social workers have responsibilities to identify and support pregnant women where there are child protection concerns. Professionals seek to anticipate the risk of harm and initiate interventions to provide support to families. There is little research on how professionals prioritise risk factors and the...
A newborn baby is vulnerable to abuse and neglect, and the professional role may involve assessment before the baby is born. The aim of this paper is to explore the perspectives and experiences of midwives and child protection social workers regarding the protection of unborn babies within Northern Ireland. Data were gathered using four focus group...
Protecting an unborn baby from abuse and neglect presents particular challenges for professionals due to the uncertainties about appraising future harm and functioning of family relationships. This systematic narrative review synthesises studies of professional decision making by health and social care professionals regarding child protection of an...
Background. There are increasing demands on health and social care (HSC) professionals to make decisions based on best evidence to inform their practice. To do this, they must be skilled in searching the literature. A robust approach to literature reviewing that results in optimal outcomes is highly desirable in a climate where time and resources a...