We should like to thank Sue Dutch and Laura Sharpe for supporting the initial publication and Helen Armitage for her skilful editing. We thank Elaine Merrin, Chris Hobbs, Danya Glaser, Jane Watkeys, Debbie Xavier and Vic Larcher for kindly reading through the manuscript and making many helpful suggestions.
The acknowledged inspiration for the title of this handbook is A Child In Mind: Protection of Children in a Responsible Society, the report of the Commission of Inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Kimberley Carlile, first published by the London Borough of Greenwich in 1987.
Appendix 1: The Assessment Framework is reproduced from Working Together to Safeguard Children. (DH, 1999)