Sheila Kitzinger Programme research on child safeguarding

The team behind the college-based initiative on multiagency working to protect vulnerable children in the COVID era has published its findings in BJGP Life from the British Journal of General Practice.

The work, an outcome from a collaboration of general practitioners and academic researchers, was co-authored by Sharon Dixon, Bryony Kendall, Jenny Driscoll and Senior Research Fellow Catherine Pope.

They write: ‘While there are many commonalities between how agencies approach safeguarding, there are also differences in processes and a lack of a shared understanding of these can hinder cross agency and genuinely multi-professional working’

‘…a deeper understanding of safeguarding practices, and how these look and feel on the front-line of multi-agency encounters, is needed.’

Read their full analysis, ‘Supporting the ‘Multi’ in Multi-agency working for child safeguarding’.

The initiative emerged following a call for proposals for events and workshops that made the best of the need to assemble virtually at the height of the pandemic in England under the auspices of the Sheila Kitzinger Programme.

It brought together specialists with developed/informed agency specific guidance and research about safeguarding in the context of the creation an exacerbation of challenges faced by children and young people by COVID-19. It considered important/emerging gaps in knowledge and policy at a time when there remote working by was required social and health care (primary, secondary and mental health) services.

About the authors

Sharon Dixon is a GP partner in Oxford and NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. She is a practice safeguarding lead.

Bryony Kendall is a GP and a Named GP for NHS Cheshire and Merseyside

Jenny Driscoll is a Reader in Children’s Rights at King’s College London, and former barrister specialising in care proceedings and multi-agency work.

Catherine Pope is a Senior Research Fellow at Green Templeton College and Professor of Medical Sociology in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford.

About the Sheila Kitzinger Programme

The Sheila Kitzinger Programme honours the life and builds on the work of the social anthropologist Sheila Kitzinger (1929-2015).

Sheila’s comparative research blended intense immersion in different communities, participant fieldwork and strong clinical knowledge to advocate evidence-based decisions on medical, legal and social change.

Created: 29 July 2022