…well, in Brighton & Hove anyway:
Any bruise discovered on a baby less than six months old will be treated as potentially suspicious, a children’s safety body has ruled.
The decision comes as a report by the Brighton and Hove Local Children’s Board showed complaints about possible abuse had soared in the past four years.
So, you can expect them to soar even higher, can’t you?
And incredible as it seems, they don;t have to go to far to find people willing to accept, even welcome, this:
The Argus put the news to Brighton mothers who are members of an online parenting forum.
Debbie Baker said: “I think it’s a great idea. It’s extremely uncommon for babies under six months to have surface bruising as they are immobile.”
It is, yes. But not the world around it – so now when mum drops something on baby (or drops baby!) will she pause before seeking reassurance from a doctor? Nor am I the only person to think this:
Sophie Pentland said: “If parents are being treated like potential abusers they are unlikely to go to the doctor about any concerns they have for their baby.
“Most people are good parents and don’t deserve to be treated suspiciously.”
A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman, on behalf of the board, said the action was always considered good safeguarding practice and there was an established process already in place.
He said it would not cause additional workload for any staff.