The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published a quick reference guide When to suspect child maltreatment in under 18s

The guidance was first published in December 2009 and updated in October 2017


This guideline covers the signs of possible child maltreatment in children and young people aged under 18 years. It 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.  


This guidance is available in PDF (Hard Copy) and can be viewed ‘online’.

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pdfChild maltreatment: when to suspect maltreatment in under 18s