Lisa Harker, head of strategy at the NSPCC, welcomed the announcement of plans to log children's visits to A&E on a national database.
She said: "NHS doctors and nurses are often in the frontline of child protection and play a crucial role in identifying abuse victims as quickly as possible.
"So this new system for sharing information about children at risk should prove an important aid."
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