Research has shown that injuries as a result of violence, to children under the age of ten has increased by 20 percent in the last year. The study, carried out by Cardiff university, also revealed that the total number of people in England and Wales who were treated for injuries through violence, had fallen by 37,000 overall, down to 313,033 in 2010.
The number of under tens who received treatment for an injury caused by violence, had risen from 2814 in 2009 to 3402 in 2010. The researchers collated data from 59 emergency departments and minor injuries departments in England and Wales.
Professor Jonathan Shepherd, from Cardiff university is concerned that injury through violence to children below the age of ten also increased in 2009, by eight percent, which shows that the trend is moving in the wrong direction. Although he has questioned why this is the case, he acknowledges that it is hard to come up with a definite answer. Professor Shepherd says that recent changes making it more expensive and difficult to take children into care, could be a factor. He also said:
There may be children left in risky circumstances where they would have been taken into care before.
The overall reduction in injuries as a result of violence, is thought to be down to more effective policing and the development of partnerships between the police and local agencies. The research shows that men aged between 18 and 30 were at most risk of being injured through violence, while Saturday and Sunday nights, especially between May and October saw an increase in violence related hospital visits.