The aim of this Good Practice Paper is to advise on haematological evaluation of bruising and bleeding in children undergoing child protection investigation for possible physical maltreatment; to consider which children should undergo investigations, which tests are indicated, the interpretation and reporting of abnormal results, multi-disciplinary working, and the contribution of healthcare professionals to statutory child protection proceedings and to court proceedings.

Declaration of Interests

The BSH paid the expenses incurred during the writing of this guidance. None of the authors had conflicts of interest to declare. All authors have made a declaration of interests to the BSH and Task Force Chairs which may be viewed on request.