Investigation of allegations of failure to thrive – specific issues

Information in the section entitled “Investigations of Allegations of Child Abuse” applies here.

If the alleged failure to thrive is acute immediate action must be considered. However, in general emergency measures are not common. Types of concern are more likely to be cumulative.

Concerns are usually expressed predominantly about babies and young children.

Medical diagnosis is essential to planning and decision making – a comprehensive medical examination is likely to be required, and the collation/evaluation of previous and present medical information is crucial.

A full assessment, using South Ayrshire’s GIRFEC framework, is likely to be required.

Where child protection concerns are identified and/or concerns from medical examination and/or assessment, the co-ordinator, children’s services should consider whether a child protection case conference is required.