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Unexplained marks and non-accidental injuries (NAI) on babies and children.

Date: Thursday, 27th Jun 2024 | Category: General

Research shows that it is very unusual for pre-mobile babies to sustain bruises accidentally and bruising in this age group raises significant concerns about physical abuse. Recent serious case reviews and individual child protection cases both nationally and locally in Sussex have indicated that professionals have sometimes underestimated the significance of bruising in children who are not independently mobile. As a result, there have been several cases where bruised children have suffered significant abuse that might have been prevented if action had been taken at an earlier stage.

Attached is a 15 Minute Bruising Briefing – May 2024 (Brighton & Hove SCP) that we would encourage everyone to read and share within your networks. Also attached is a FINAL Referral flow chart for Non Accidental Injuries – June 2024 to remind all professionals of the action to take when a professional sees a baby or child with a skin mark or injury and is concerned. We are aware that markings can present differently on black skin so please refer to Mind the Gap — Black & brown skin ( where needed whilst BHSCP develop further guidance.