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1.5.3 Protocol for the Assessment of Bruising, Burns and Scalds in Non Mobile Babies

Introduction

Bruising is the most common accidental injury experienced by children.  As babies become more mobile, the likelihood of them sustaining accidental bruising increases. However, it is extremely rare for a non-mobile baby (for example one that is not yet crawling) to sustain accidental bruising. Therefore bruising in non mobile babies should considered as an indicator of physical abuse and thoroughly investigated in a multi agency setting.

This protocol requires that all actual or suspected bruising, burns or scalds to babies who are not yet independently mobile are subject to multi-agency investigation in order to assess risk of harm. In particular, any decision that a child has not suffered abuse must always be a joint decision, and not taken by a single agency.

The protocol contains guidance for staff working across the Consortium areas on how to respond when they become aware of a non mobile baby with suspected bruising, burns or scalds. It describes the process which should be followed to ensure a prompt and thorough multi agency investigation of any such injuries.

These protocols were added to the procedures manual in May 2016.

Protocols

Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield District Safeguarding Children Boards - Multi-Agency Protocol for the Assessment of Bruising, Burns and Scalds in Non Mobile Babies

Professionals working in Leeds should refer to the following:

Multi Agency Protocol for the Assessment of Suspected Neglectful or Inflicted Burn or Scald Injury

Multi Agency Bruising Protocol for Children not Independently Mobile

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