Increased Cases of Non-Accidental Injuries (NAI) to Babies and Children

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During the Covid 19 lockdown and restrictions, there has been an increase in NAI in young babies and children, it has been reported recently that these cases have seen significant injuries, involving babies suffering fractured skills, and intra-cranial haemorrhages from being shaken.

Currently, many medical consultations are being carried out virtually, this has apparently been working well with some surgeries and it appears this method of consultation could be continued after the pandemic is over.

There have however been some safeguarding concerns in relation to this method of assessment, as it is sometimes not possible to fully examine a baby/young child, and, as a result, some bruises on non-mobile babies have been missed.

As we are one of the few services presently still assessing children face to face, the safeguarding team would please request that clinicians continue to have safeguarding in mind when assessing any injuries involving babies and young children during this time, this may be around suspected NAI or lack of supervision/neglect. 

Guidelines for the Management of Suspicious/Unexplained injuries and bruising in Children can be found on EAST24

Advice can be sought from the Clinical Advice Line or the Safeguarding Team if required.

Published 10th July 2020

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