The radiographer's role in child protection: Comparison of radiographers perceptions by use of focus groups

DAVIS, M and REEVES, Pauline (2006). The radiographer's role in child protection: Comparison of radiographers perceptions by use of focus groups. Radiography, 12 (2), 161-168.

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Link to published version:: 10.1016/j.radi.2005.05.007

Abstract

Abstract The research presented in this paper is taken from a larger study whose aims were to devise a holistic picture of how diagnostic radiographers approach child protection issues and to explore how radiographers and other professionals see the role of radiographers in the chain of evidence in relation to child protection as this applies to children who present at the Imaging Department with suspected non-accidental injuries (NAI). A focus group methodology was used with focus groups being conducted in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. The results indicated that both United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland radiographers agreed that they had a role in child protection; however, they identified a wide interpretation as to the extent of that role. Although radiographers in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland work within different legal systems there were themes identified which were common to both countries. Although radiographers referred to a duty to the child as to all patients, no radiographer specifically mentioned the system and child care law under which it is assumed they operate. This research revealed an area which would benefit from more detailed research using a wider audience. However, the study revealed a need for training in relation to possible NAI indicators and the correct procedure for documenting their suspicions and initiating an NAI referral. Keywords: Child abuse; Child protection; Focus groups; Forensic radiography; Qualitative research; Paediatric radiography; Non-accidental injury; Medico-legal

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.radi.2005.05.007
Depositing User: Pauline Reeves
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2011 11:57
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2011 11:57
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3785

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