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Centre for Child and Family Research

Infants Suffering, or likely to Suffer, Significant Harm: A prospective longitudinal study

Infants suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm: a prospective longitudinal study

Funded by the Department for Education

A sample of 57 children from 10 local authorities was originally recruited to the study; 43 have been traced from birth until their third birthdays. Their experiences and those of their birth parents, carers and key professionals formed  the basis of a major report (Ward, Brown, Westlake and Munro, 2010). This covers issues such as how professional decisions that influence children’s life pathways are made; how far the different participants, including parents, are involved in the process; what services are provided to address difficulties in family functioning; how far decisions made by parents and professionals promote or inhibit children’s subsequent opportunities for achieving satisfactory outcomes; how, and in what circumstances, parents come to terms with painful decisions such as placement for adoption.

Thirty seven of the original 57 children have now been traced up to their fifth birthdays, and a subsequent report was published in June 2012.



Research team

Harriet Ward, Rebecca Brown, David Westlake and Emily Munro

Research brief



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