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, Cardiff University and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).
The RCPCH are engaged in a rolling programme of systematic reviews of published research literature, originally developed by Cardiff University, on aspects of physical child abuse and neglect.
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 in the Child Protection Evidence resource on the RCPCH 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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