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Child protection and covert video surveillance: a new regulatory framework

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Covert video surveillance has been in use in UK hospitals since the mid-1980s as a technique for investigating suspected child abuse by parents against their children. Although its use is not widespread, it nonetheless raises a number of significant issues concerning patient confidentiality, human rights and deception by agents of the state. This paper considers such issues in the context of new central government guidance on the subject and in relation to past legal treatment of it by the courts.

Keywords: child abuse; child protection; human rights; privacy; surveillance

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Leeds Metropolitan University

Publication date: 2003-02-01

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