Physical abuse is defined as any form of physical injury, including deliberate
poisoning, where the injury is not consistent with the account of its occurrence
or where there is definite knowledge or a reasonable suspicion that the injury
was inflicted, or knowingly not prevented, by any person having custody, charge
or care of a child.
Physical abuse (1)
- physical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning
or scalding, drowning, suffocating, or otherwise causing physical harm to
- physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms
of, or deliberately induces, illness in a child
- Bristol CCG Safeguarding Children Policy (Accessed 12/3/2014).