Bruises on children: Core info leaflet How to identify bruises that may be the result of child abuse
Bruising is the most common injury to a child who has been physically abused.
The 'Bruises on children' leaflet covers:
- how to differentiate accidental from non-accidental bruises
- common assumptions about bruising in children cannot be substantiated
- when to be concerned that there's the possibility of child abuse or neglect
Authors: NSPCC and Cardiff University
Core info series
The Core info leaflet series is based on a collaborative project by the NSPCC and Cardiff Child Protection Systematic Review Group at the Early Years research section of the Cochrane Institute of Primary Care and Public Health, Department of Child Health, School of Medicine, Cardiff University.
The full systematic review findings including research questions and methodologies as well as information about all of the reviews and annual updates being under taken can be found on the Core info website.
Other publications and resources
Neglect or emotional abuse in children aged 5-14: Core info leaflet
Fractures in children: Core info leaflet
Head and spinal injuries in children: Core info leaflet
Oral injuries and bites on children: Core info leaflet
Thermal injuries on children: Core info leaflet
Emotional neglect and emotional abuse in pre-school children: Core info leaflet
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