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Edited by Judy Barker, Deborah Hodes. Routledge, 2004, London, £13.99 (paperback), pp 128. ISBN 0-415-32175-1
Imagine the frustration. You write a really good, useful book that sits comfortably in the category of “essential reading for all paediatricians”, only to find that the cursed Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health sends every paediatrician in the country a copy of a more or less definitive book on your subject.
Spare a thought then for Judy Barker and Deborah Hodes, whose book The child in mind, a child protection handbook, falls into this category, being trumped by the Child protection companion produced by the RCPCH in April 2006. After all, anyone who got the Child protection companion for free—OK as part of the college subs—is unlikely to go out and buy The child in mind.
The child in mind is concise, clearly written and well presented. It is a little gem, and since it was first published 4 years ago it must have provided great help and assistance to staff working in child protection, and hence to those children suffering abuse.
It is very good, but it has been superseded.
An afterthought: Claire Rayner, in her review of this book, writes that it “should be in everyone's back pocket”. The book's dimensions are 18 cm by 25 cm. If this is now the size of an average back pocket, the national obesity crisis is many times worse than anybody has fully appreciated.
The Child protection companion is available from the Lavenham Press (Tel 01787 247436) at £10 per copy.