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Firstly, she has knowledge of child development norms and thus deviations; secondly she has a well understood public role in visiting families which can enable access more easily than for the social worker; thirdly, she has an important two-way relationship with the GP, both for encouraging medical examinations and also for teasing out and directing medical information towards the social worker; fourthly, her skills in counselling, advising and educating parents can complement Other Agencies and Child Abuse 31 but not duplicate social work activity.
Thus the general medical view, and one that presumably reflects the perceptions of many GPs, is that there are some risks attached to referring cases to social workers. The growing trend to allow access by local authority councillors to social services case files may aggravate this situation and at the BMA's 1983 Annual Representative Meeting the following resolution was passed: 'That in view of the Law Lords' ruling, which allows access by local authority members to medical records held by their social services and other departments, doctors in clinical practice be advised to withhold medical information unless confidentiality can be assured'.
In common with the general trends of research at that time the emphasis was firstly on long-term treatment of abusing families and secondly on seeking pre-disposing factors which, once identified, might help in preventing future abuse. These twin aims- research and treatmentformed the basis of the NSPCC's work through the 1970s. The Denver House model did not set a rigid pattern. What is in fact striking is the variety of styles, methods and settings which have characterised the society's special units which now number thirteen in various parts of the country.
Social Work and Child Abuse by David M. Cooper, David Ball (auth.)