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Parents facing ‘unfair child abuse claims’ over bruising

Parents are being investigated for possible child abuse because of the misinterpretation of guidelines on bruising in babies, it’s claimed.

Official guidelines from health watchdog NICE for hospital workers suggest such bruising is very uncommon.

University of Central Lancashire research suggested the guidelines mean social services are investigating parents too often.

See the video of parents impacted by these policiesA clip from the show: “A quarter of all babies would have a bruise – it seems strange that [NICE] can carry on saying that bruising is very uncommon”

24 April 2018

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