New RCPCH child protection resource now available

Child Protection Evidence

 ‘Child Protection Evidence’, a series of systematic reviews to help clinicians identify the signs of physical abuse and neglect, has been launched today by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Heath.

These reviews were originally carried out by Cardiff University in association with the NSPCC (and known as CORE INFO) and have now been taken over by the RCPCH. 

The reviews include the latest evidence on a series of areas, including:

  • Fractures
  • Neurological injuries
  • Bruises
  • Burns
  • Bites
  • Spinal injuries
  • Ear, nose and throat injuries
  • Oral injuries
  • Retinal findings
  • Visceral injuries

They also look at evidence on neglect and around particular age groups:

  • Early years neglect
  • School age neglect/emotional abuse
  • Teenage abuse
  • Dental neglect
  • Parent-child interaction

Professor Neena Modi, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said:

“COREINFO has long been an essential resource for all those working in child protection, bringing together the latest evidence with sensible guidance for clinical practice when faced with having to consider the possibility of neglect or physical child abuse.

“It is tragic that last year over 58,000 children in the UK were identified to be in need of protection from abuse. Professionals working with children have to remain vigilant, and having a reliable source of evidence is invaluable.

“Cardiff University are to be congratulated on a magnificent piece of work in establishing and managing the resource. The RCPCH has considered it a privilege to work with them and the NSPCC to keep the reviews current and relevant for the child protection workforce. RCPCH will now be updating, hosting and disseminating the reviews and look forward to working with colleagues to ensure they remain an indispensable resource.”

The resources are available to download here