Bruising is the most common injury to a child who has been physically abused. These key messages should help you to know when to be concerned about bruising on children.
Bruises on children (PDF, 216KB) is the first in a series of Core info leaflets on aspects of physical child abuse based on a collaborative project by the NSPCC and Cardiff Child Protection Systematic Review Group at the Department of Child Health, Cardiff University.
Cardiff Child Protection Systematic Review Group are engaged in a rolling programme of systematic reviews of published research literature on aspects of physical child abuse.
Information about this and the project's other systematic reviews - on fractures, bites and oral injuries, burns and scalds, non-accidental head injuries, and abdominal injuries, as well as the reviews and annual updates - can be found at www.core-info.cardiff.ac.uk