Service specification for the clinical evaluation of children and young people who may have been sexually abused

Following several requests from members to clarify FFLM guidance on the above, we have collaborated with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) to produce the new guidance on this subject in order to also comply with best practice, the increasing complexity of child sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation and safeguarding.

Importantly, and following legal challenges to the care of young people in police custody (R(C) v SSHD and Metropolitan Police), this service specification has also been written to ensure that FFLM guidance complies with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, particularly with regard to the examination of young people aged 16 to 18 years old.

Following consultation with the United Kingdom Association of Forensic Nurses (UKAFN), the FFLM has therefore withdrawn its joint guidance with UKAFN on Quality Standards for Nurses – Sexual Offence Medicine (SOM) and this guidance will be subsequently revised.

The guidance is available here.