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A&E plan to spot child abuse

All children who visit A&E hospital departments or have out-of-hours GP consultations will be logged in a national database in a bid to spot cases of child abuse or neglect early on.

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NSPCC welcomes A&E database plans

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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