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: Babies that Don't Cruise, Rarely Bruise

Please find attached information regarding a new animation clip produced by Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership.  Non-mobile infants rarely bruise, so should a bruise or unexplained mark be noted on a non-mobile infant it is important that action is taken.  If parents or carers are unable to offer an explanation, or the explanation provided is unlikely or inadequate this should result in a referral to children’s social care.  This short media clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSGgpFdvWpA&feature=youtu.be) is useful for sharing with staff, or perhaps for sharing in a practice meeting.  This would contribute to safeguarding competency requirements.

Remember all staff can contribute to safeguarding the welfare of a child, and all staff who have contact with children (however small that contact might be), may have an opportunity to identify abuse or neglect.  Please do ensure that all staff groups receive this important message.

Further information can be found on the NSPCC website (https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/research-resources/pre-2013/bruises-children-core-info-leaflet/), where a useful leaflet can be downloaded and printed off.

Local Rotherham policy guidance can be found here: https://rotherhamscb.proceduresonline.com/chapters/p_bruising.html?zoom_highlight=bruising.