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Child sexual assault and the forensic examination – a best practice course (pilot)

Working with children who have experienced sexual assault can be emotive and complex. In order for children to receive effective and compassionate care, it is important that paediatricians not only have the best possible technical knowledge and skills, but also give due consideration to the emotional needs of the child.


This holistic two-day course aims to enable consultant paediatricians and experienced doctors, who are currently working with children who have experienced suspected sexual assault, to develop both the technical and forensic skills to obtain high quality samples and the knowledge and understanding of the physical, emotional and procedural considerations of managing children in these challenging, sensitive circumstances.


By the end of the course you will be able to:

• recognise and accurately describe findings associated with child sexual assault

• take high quality forensic samples from children and young people that can be used in police investigations

• recognise organic conditions which may be found incidentally or which may present as possible child sexual abuse and other injuries

• appropriately screen for STIs (sexually transmitted infections), risk of pregnancy and risk of Hepatitis B and HIV and initiate appropriate treatment

• write high-quality evidence-based statements



This course is now fully booked, however if you are interested in a place on the waiting list, please contact Suma Surendranath, Education and Professional Development Lead for Safeguarding Education at suma.surendranath@rcpch.ac.uk