Table 3 Ranking of the definitions of child abuse
RankingCriteria used to define abuse
1Abuse confirmed at case conference or civil or criminal court proceedings or admitted by perpetrator
2Abuse confirmed by stated criteria including multi-disciplinary assessment
3Diagnosis of abuse defined by stated criteria
4Abuse stated as occurring, but no supporting detail given as to how it was determined
5Abuse stated simply as “suspected”, no details on whether it was confirmed or not