This paper reflects an approach to the medical evaluation of children alleged to have been sexually abused to meet their diagnostic and therapeutic needs. The approach emphasises the importance of the role of the doctor in conducting thorough medical histories to understand a child's suspected experience and integrating that information into the formulation of a balanced and objective opinion. ‘Emphasises the importance of the role of the doctor in conducting thorough medical histories to understand a child's suspected experience’. Key Practitioner Messages: Understand the clinical presentation of child sexual victimisation. Appreciate the important role of the doctor in meeting the diagnostic, therapeutic and protection needs of child sexual abuse (CSA) victims. Appreciate the importance of the collective insights of numerous professionals when responding to allegations of CSA. Develop comfort in providing anticipatory guidance regarding personal space and safety as a part of routine medical care.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health