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Abusive Head Trauma – Video Resourses

Date: Thursday, 25th May 2023 | Category: General



Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board have released two essential video resourses for practitioners across Staffordshire on Abuse Head Trauma.

Learning from local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews have shown that incidents of death or serious injury in babies can be as a result of abuse head trauma.  The charity ICON use research which suggests that some lose control when a baby’s crying becomes too much.  Some go on to shake a baby with devastating consequences and that the most effective evidence-based programmes studied provide a simple message that supports parents/caregivers to cope with infant crying.

I – Infant crying is normal

C – Comforting methods can help – ICON Cope

O – Its OK to walk away

N – Never ever shake a baby

Apart from preventing AHT, most people who have ever cared for a baby appreciate some advice about how to comfort a crying baby and how to cope when it goes on for a long time.

The video resourses have been commissioned with our partners in the Health Visiting Service and are available for all practitioners to use.