Child Abuse Task Force

General information

Radiology plays an important role in the detection and evaluation of physical child abuse.
The child abuse taskforce is an international collaborative effort to increase awareness and improve the quality of radiological imaging throughout Europe.


  • To build up a network of paediatric radiologists within the ESPR who are involved in child abuse imaging and share experiences and knowledge.
  • To explore the possibilities of cross-border research in the field of child abuse imaging.
  • To generate an ESPR guideline on child abuse imaging, which could serve as a standard for national and international guidelines.
  • To translate into European languages the Royal College of Radiology/Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Guidelines for Imaging in
    Suspected Non-Accidental Injury (endorsed by the ESPR committee as the guidelines throughout Europe)

Please click on this link to volunteer to take the lead role in your country for translation of the guidelines.

Projects (as per 21.1.16)
1) Audit of skeletal survey guidelines in use for suspected abuse across Europe and adoption of European-wide guidelines. Outcome published in Pediatric Radiology including decision to adopt the RCR/RCPCH guideline (Pediatr Radiol Dec 2014;44:1557-1563).
2) Audit of neuroradiological guidelines in use for suspected abuse across Europe and adoption of European-wide guidelines
3) Review of radiologists’ agreement in diagnosing rickets
4) Review of correlation of radiological features of rickets and vitamin D levels

Committee members

M. Raissaki (Chair)

A. Offiah (Co-chair)
R. van Rijn


Standards for radiological investigations of suspected non-accidental injury
•    English

•    Czech (2008 translation)


Springer Articles

European survey of imaging in non-accidental injury demonstrates a need for a consensus protocol


ESPR adopts British guidelines for imaging in suspected non-accidental injury as the European standard


Throwing the baby out with the bath water — response to the Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services (SBU) report on traumatic shaking


Consensus statement on abusive head trauma in infants and young children