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Catherine Williams Reader in Law, Sheffield University
The unavailability of expert witnesses in proceedings is a symptom of the widespread reluctance of paediatricians, in particular, but also other professional staff, to be involved in child protection work in any respect. That reluctance was and is having a serious detrimental effect on the current arrangements for the protection of vulnerable children generally and will ensure that the narrower area of interest, that of experts being appointed for a specific purpose, will become even more difficult for want of the availability of sufficiently experienced professionals.
In this article, Catherine Williams examines the reasons why paediatricians and other professional staff are reluctant to act as expert witnesses.
For the full article, see February  Family Law journal.
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