Bruising in Babies

Accidental bruising in a non-independently mobile baby is very rare.

Any bruising (or a mark that might be bruising) in a baby or child of any age who is not independently mobile should raise concern and be subject to further enquiry by all professionals. Unexplained bruising or any bruising in a child not independently mobile must always raise suspicion of maltreatment and should result in an immediate Referral the Safeguarding Hub and requires an urgent paediatric assessment. Please refer to the CSCP policy ‘Bruising in Babies and Children who are Not Independently Mobile’ external link will open in a new window


A new animation film, developed by a Nottinghamshire multi-agency partnership group led by Dr Becky Sands (Designated Doctor for Safeguarding), The film provides advice to practitioners about seeking an explanation from the babies carers  and what action to take if no explanation is provided or an unlikely or inadequate explanation is given.
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