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Further information and research for practitioners can be found below:

Safeguarding Infants Thematic Review 2022

The Hampshire Safeguarding Infants Thematic Review Executive Summary 2022  was developed to highlight the key findings of the HSCP Safeguarding Infants thematic review and share learning across the Hampshire workforce.

The thematic review looked at the partnership understanding and response to safeguarding infants in Hampshire utilising various methodologies. The aim was to establish a holistic view of current work, promote best practice and identify any areas that require strengthening.

Solihull Approach

The Solihull Approach, commissioned by Hampshire County Council, provides free online courses for all parents, expectant parents, carers, grandparents and teens living in Hampshire. It also provides courses for professionals working with children.

Key resources for health professionals

Perinatal Mental Health Pathway for Hampshire and Isle of Wight

The Perinatal Mental Health Pathway can be accessed via the Hampshire County Council webpage Mental Health Practitioners | Health and social care under the subheading ‘Guidance documents’.

RCPCH Child Protection Companion

The Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health’s Child Protection Companion – RCPCH Child Protection Portal describes the essential context and the pathway of child protection cases, beginning with the medical assessment, a discrete chapter on each form of maltreatment, and continuing through to court and training (access requires either a subscription or RCPCH membership).

RCPCH Systematic review on Bruising

The RCPCH Child Protection Evidence – Systematic review on Bruising is a resource for clinicians  to inform clinical practice, child protection procedures and professional and expert opinion in the legal system. This systematic review evaluates the scientific literature on abusive and non-abusive bruising in children published up until January 2019 and reflects the findings of eligible studies.

Bruises in Infants and Toddlers: Those who don’t cruise rarely bruise

The research paper, Bruises in Infants and Toddlers: Those who don’t cruise rarely bruise, examines the frequency and location of bruises in normal infants and toddlers to determine the relationship of age and developmental stage to bruising. Sugar NF et al. Archives of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine (1999) 153: 399- 03.

Patterns of bruising in preschool children – a longitudinal study

The study, Patterns of bruising in preschool children – a longitudinal study, aims to identify the prevalence and pattern of bruises in preschool children over time, and explore influential variables. Kemp AM et al. Archives of Disease in Childhood (2015) 100: 426-431.

Child maltreatment: when to suspect maltreatment in under 18s

The NICE clinical guidance, When to Suspect Child Maltreatment, aims to raise awareness and help health professionals who are not child protection specialists to identify the features of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect and fabricated or induced illness.