Should Early Years and Childcare Providers take photographs of bruises and injuries on children?

This has been checked with the Devon Children and Families Partnership and the advice we have always given, that providers should NOT be taking photos of children presenting with bruises/injuries, remains the same. The advice to Early Years and Childcare providers regarding children presenting with bruises/injuries remains as follows:-

  • Use the body maps.
  • Give detailed description of the bruise/injury without being subjective.
  • Ask for clarification regarding the bruise/injury – check the stories match.
  • Refer on concerns and/or ensure the parent takes the child to a medical practitioner