Bites: systematic review

Update – 24 March 2021

During a recent update, the RCPCH Child Protection Systematic reviews and Publications Subcommittee made the decision to withdraw the 2014 Systematic Review on Bites because it contains low quality evidence and information not in line with current practice.  The Subcommittee is working on a new systematic review with updated clinical questions which we hope will be available in late 2021 – early 2022.

In the interim information relating to Bites in the Child Protection Companion is being revised to provide users with practice guidance in this area.


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