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Better safeguarding work leads to fall in violent injuries

Statistics by Cardiff University and related to visits to accident and emergency departments, minor injury units and walk-in centres in England and Wales show an 18% decline in injuries caused by violent attacks against children and young people of all ages up to 17.

They state that improved child protection procedures have contributed to a large fall in the number of violent injuries against children and young people over the last year.

“Attacks against children and adolescents are down by nearly a fifth. This trend could be attributed to a number of things from improved child safeguarding policies in the wake of the Baby Peter tragedy to increased information sharing on community violence between the NHS, police and local government.”

The report notes that the rate of decline of violence against children and young people is almost double fall in injuries caused by violent attacks overall.