Child abuse paediatricians are doctors trained in diagnosing child abuse. They advocate for abused and neglected children and for programmes to prevent child mistreatment, and they consider whether conditions bringing children into hospital might have been caused by abuse. However there are situations where over-zealous paediatricians, in the desire to protect children, wrongly equate specific physical findings as evidence of abuse, with devastating consequences to children and their families.
In October 2016 I published Understanding Why and How False Allegations of Abuse Occur: an Overview, Chapter 8 in Wrongful allegations of sexual and child abuse. Edited by Ros Burnett. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 99-117. 2016