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NEW FEARS OF CHILD ABUSE SCANDALS

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A child abuse expert has claimed that a human tragedy with distubing similarities to the Orkney and Cleveland scand...
A child abuse expert has claimed that a human tragedy with distubing similarities to the Orkney and Cleveland scandals is beig endured by families acorss the country.

The Scotsman (p7) reports that Charles Pragnell, a social work consultant who exposed malpractice at the heart of the Cleveland crisis, says doctors and social workers are making the same mistakes which resulted in hundreds of children being wrongfully placed in care.

Mr Pragnell said he has come across 40 cases of parents across the country who have been wrongly accused of having the medical condition Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy - which leads to a parent fabricating illnesses in a child. He is deeply concerned that children are being taken into care without any medical evidence of child abuse.

He said: 'The paediatricians are not following the guidelines. One of the most important things to look at the child's medical history. The social workers are supposed to investigate the families thoroughly and give a proper assessment before any decision is made on whether to take the children into care.

'What is happening is legalised child abduction. The social workers are taking the words of one or two doctors when there is no evidence of child abuse.'
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