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Safeguarding: recognizing the abused child and acting on the evidence base 

Safeguarding: recognizing the abused child and acting on the evidence base
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Safeguarding: recognizing the abused child and acting on the evidence base
Author(s):

Jessica Spedding

, and Simon Walsh

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199654093.003.0020
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date: 28 November 2020

This chapter provides a discussion of the challenges facing the emergency physician dealing with an injured child in whom non-accidental injury is suspected. The categories of abuse are presented and the importance of a full assessment and the utilization of safeguarding checklists discussed.

It examines the evidence base for three key clinical questions:the assessment of bruises; the assessment of bony injuries;and the circumstances in which information can be shared with other agencies.

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