An evidence-based, pre-birth assessment pathway for vulnerable pregnant women

Barlow, Jane, Dawe, Sharon, Coe, Chris and Harnett, Paul (2015) An evidence-based, pre-birth assessment pathway for vulnerable pregnant women. British Journal of Social Work, 46 4: 960-973. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcu150

Author Barlow, Jane
Dawe, Sharon
Coe, Chris
Harnett, Paul
Title An evidence-based, pre-birth assessment pathway for vulnerable pregnant women
Journal name British Journal of Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-3102
Publication date 2015-01-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bcu150
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 46
Issue 4
Start page 960
End page 973
Total pages 14
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The developmental needs of infants during the first year of life have been emphasised by recent research from a variety of sources highlighting the crucial role that early parent–infant interaction plays. Infants identified as being at significant risk of maltreatment need adequate protection within a time frame consistent with their developmental needs. This briefing paper describes a new care pathway established within a UK-based social care team, which aims to provide early identification, intensive support, timely assessment and decision making for a group of highly vulnerable, pregnant women, their partners and their infants. The pathway of care is described and a case study is presented to illustrate this care pathway. A mother is referred at eighteen weeks of pregnancy and supported post birth for six months. The combination of supporting structured professional judgement by the inclusion of standardised tools and training in a programme specifically developed for high-risk families suggests that this pre-birth risk-assessment process warrants further evaluation.
Keyword Pre birth assessment
Parents under pressure
Early identification
Standardised tools
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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