Academic journal article The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences

Child Psychiatry and Child Protection Litigation

Academic journal article The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences

Child Psychiatry and Child Protection Litigation

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Child Psychiatry and Child Protection Litigation by Julia Brophy with Louise Brown, Suzanne Cohen and Polly Radcliffe Gaskell, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2001; Hardcover, ISBN: 1-901242-66-8, 134pp., £20.00

Published by the Royal College of Psychiatry, this book is a collection of studies sponsored/funded by the British Ministry of Health. It seems to be intended primarily for the British readership.

A first reaction is a feeling of envy for a system able to generate four studies on the functioning of the care proceedings for children, the family courts and the function of guardians (somewhat equivalent to pekidey saad here in Israel). We should, however, do justice to our system and mention the recently published study by Professor Rami Benvenisti of the Hebrew University, sponsored by the Ministry of Social Affairs, on the functioning of the decisions commissions for children.

The focus of this book is a little different: the role of child psychiatrist as an expert in cases of child abuse and more specifically since the introduction of the Children Act in 1989 in England. It does not pretend to be an authoritative treatise but presents the results of interviews with 20 experts reflecting on their work. Though our system is different in many ways, we found the reading of this book interesting because it shows that we share similar concerns with our British colleagues. …

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