My new and as yet unpublished research on policies has found that 7 local authorities have policies saying that all children under 6 months with a bruise are automatically investigated for child abuse. A Sunday Times article about Holly having her child removed when one week old covers many aspects of this issue.
The Victoria Derbyshire Show investigated issues around bruising in babies and policies that force investigations of all bruised babies in some local authorities: 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 policies.
24 April 2018