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RCPCH Child sexual assault and the forensic examination – a best practice course

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 course enables paediatricians - 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 and sensitive circumstances.

By the end of this 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


Please register your interest in attending by contacting Suma Surendranath, Education and Professional Development Lead for safeguarding education at suma.surendranath@rcpch.co.uk