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


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 be considered as an indicator of physical abuse and thoroughly investigated in a multi agency setting.

The protocols linked below contain guidance for staff working across the West Yorkshire 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.


Professionals working in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees or Wakefield should refer to:

Professionals working in Leeds should refer to the following: