The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has produced guidelines for nurses and other healthcare staff on how to spot children who may have been abused.
The guidance will allow staff to consider, suspect, or exclude, all forms of maltreatment, including neglect, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, when treating children.
It provides comprehensive information on the physical and psychological symptoms that may alert healthcare professionals to suspect abuse, and it encourages staff to look at the whole picture surrounding the child to establish whether they suspect maltreatment.
They may have to consider what they hear and see when treating the child, as well as looking at information from other relevant sources.
The NICE guidance is intended to ensure that children who need help get it early in order to prevent future harm, and to make sure that support services are provided to families where they are needed.
The full guidance is available at http://www.nice.org.uk/CG89.