Safeguarding children and public health: midwives' responsibilities

Anne Lazenbatt

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Using a healthy settings framework, this study aims to compare and contrast how midwives working in either hospital or community settings are currently responding to the co-occurrence of domestic and child abuse; their perceived role and willingness to identify abuse; record keeping; reporting of suspected or definite cases of child abuse; and training received. Methods: A survey questionnaire was sent to 861 hospital and community midwives throughout Northern Ireland, which resulted in 488 midwives completing the questionnaire, a 57% response rate. Comparisons were made using descriptive statistics and cross-tabulation and the questionnaire was validated using exploratory factor analysis. Results: Community midwives reported receiving more training on domestic and child abuse. Although a high percentage of both hospital and community midwives acknowledged a link between domestic and child abuse, it was the community midwives who encountered more suspected and definite (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-126
Number of pages9
JournalPerspectives in Public Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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