Non-accidental injuries in children

by Stewart Dix-Peek

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognise and document signs of child abuse on clinical examination and X-Ray.
  2. Examine for occult injuries associated with non-accidental injuries.
  3. Do not discharge a child with suspected non-accidental injuries.
  4. Notify relevant authorities (i.e. social worker, police service, support service).

Approach to children with suspected non-accidental injury

Intentional trauma to a child or neglect with subsequent trauma. Below is an approach to children with suspected non-accidental injuries.