Child maltreatment: every nurse’s business
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Child maltreatment: every nurse’s business

Julie Taylor NSPCC chair in child protection, Child Protection Research Centre, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
Caroline Bradbury-Jones Reader, School of Health and Population Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England

Every nurse has a responsibility for protecting children, even nurses who do not work directly with children. However, nurses may be reluctant to deal with child maltreatment issues because they do not want to get things wrong or make a situation worse. The aim of this article is to assist nurses in their child protection role. It describes the different types of child maltreatment, the risk factors and potential consequences. The nurse’s role in recognising and responding to suspected child maltreatment is discussed.

Nursing Standard. 29, 29, 53-58. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.29.53.e9636


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 25 September 2014

Accepted: 11 December 2014