Identifying those at risk of, or suffering, abuse or neglect

Key points

  • Be aware of risk factors that have been linked to abuse and neglect and look out for signs that a child or young person may be at risk.
  • If you are treating an adult patient, consider whether your patient poses a risk to children or young people.
  • Keep an open mind and be objective when making decisions. Work in partnership with families where possible.
  • If you are not sure about whether a child or young person is at risk or how best to act on your concerns, ask a named or designated professional or a lead clinician or, if they are not available, an experienced colleague for advice.