Dilemma: I'm worried because my grandson was injured in my care

Jo Brand / 28 December 2017

A reader is anxious after having to take her grandson to hospital following an injury.

Dilemma: worried after my grandson hurt himself

My little grandson fell off the swing while I was looking after him and the seat swung back and hit him on the forehead. To be on the safe side, I took him to my local hospital.

I was horrified to have to fill in a form about his injuries, clearly aimed at seeing if I had hit him. I'm now so worried that something will be on my record and I might be listed as a child abuser.

Jo Brand's advice

I think your emotional reaction to this situation demonstrates what a good Grandma you are. The fact that you are so worried about it is a testament to your innocence.

We all know that these things happen with children and and are unavoidable sometimes.

What do your grandson’s parents think? I’m sure they are not in any way angry and understand that this was an accident.

You also took your to hospital which was the right thing to do and the form you filled in is standard for all accidental injuries that happen to children and to be honest it takes a lot more than a form filled in in an NHS A&E to facilitate a charge of child abuse against you.

Please do not worry about it any more. It strikes me you are a little too anxious about this and maybe a chat with a good friend or GP will put it in perspective and allay your fears.

I suspect it was perfectly obvious to the team in A&E that you are a caring and conscientious person, so please try to put it behind you.

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