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

The information in this leaflet is based on a systematic review of all the quality work in the world literature about bruising on children. 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.

To download the leaflet click here.

To visit the NSPCC webpage click here.

Want to know how to report a child safeguarding concern? Then click here.

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