Thermal injuries on children: Core info leaflet How to identify scalds and burns that may be the result of abuse
This leaflet summarises what is currently known about about scalds and burns sustained by children. It covers the identifying features of both accidental and intentional termal injuries, the conditions that mimic intentional burns and the factors to consider when undertaking an assessment.
We've produced this leaflet to assist all professionals who work with children. The information will be of particular interest to dentists, dental care professionals, paediatricians, and Accident and Emergency (A&E) staff. It will also be relevant to nursery nurses, health visitors, school nurses, teachers, legal practitioners, social workers and the police.
Author: 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
Bruises on children: Core info leaflet
Fractures in children: Core info leaflet
Emotional neglect and emotional abuse in pre-school children: Core info leaflet
Head and spinal injuries in children: Core info leaflet
Oral injuries and bites on children: Core info leaflet
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