Spotting signs of abuse
Over-protective fathers and single parents
who blame problems on their child are potential indicators of child abuse, according to Dr Anna Wilson.
Dr Wilson, a GP specialist in child protection in Winchester, said rough handling of children in the waiting room was also a warning sign. She said practice staff as well as GPs needed to be given training to pick up signs of potential abuse.
Dr Wilson added: 'We have a saying: "if
it can't cruise it can't bruise". If a baby
isn't mobile yet and has bruises then
that is a serious concern.''