21 January 2019

Examining the power of Child-At-Risk electronic medical record (eMR) alerts to share interpersonal violence, abuse and neglect concerns: Do child protection alerts help?

This research examined the impact of the Child-At-Risk (CAR) electronic Medical Record (eMR) alert information sharing system on outcomes for women and children in NSW. While many staff were identifying and responding to victims of interpersonal violence, abuse and neglect in their daily work, the Child-At-Risk alert was found to supplement, rather than replace, usual care approaches. Approximately one-third of participants reported that the presence of the alert resulted in the adaptation of their practice, which occurred despite time and resource  constraints. These findings demonstrated that it is possible to change practice to improve responses to victims of interpersonal violence, abuse and neglect within large organisations employing thousands of staff.