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Child Abuse

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children were admitted to hospital in Northern Ireland with injuries that gave rise to subsequent investigations for abuse in the last three years; and if he will make a statement. (77342)

Information is not collected centrally in the format requested. However, information is collected on the number of child protection referrals to social services where the source of referral is categorised as “hospital”. The number of such referrals is shown in the following table for the financial years 2002-03 to 2004-05. The number of referrals does not equate to the number of children referred, as a child may be referred more than once during the financial year.

Child protection referrals from hospital source

Number

2002-03

115

2003-04

119

2004-05

96

All children and young people who are seen by hospital staff will be managed in accordance with the regional Child Protection Policy and Procedures guidance issued by the Health and Social Services Board Area Child Protection Committees.

All hospital staff have access to the child protection register and there would be an expectation that appropriate checks would be made where there are concerns about any child.