Physical signs of child sexual abuse - 2015 update

Report cover of The Physical Signs of Child Sexual Abuse (2015)This evidence-based review and guidance for best practice is a revision of the 2008 Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) publication, The Physical Signs of Child Sexual Abuse. Find out more and how to receive a copy.


Based on the best available evidence, this guidance has been produced in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Royal College of Physicians of London (RCP) and The Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine (FFLM).

The 2015 book updates the evidence of the physical signs of child sexual abuse from the 2008 publication and includes three new reviews on:

  • anogenital signs of accidental injuries in girls and boys
  • genital bleeding in prepubertal girls
  • healing in anogenital injuries.

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Additional information - includes a copy of the searches, list of included studies, quality standards forms, and summary of changes

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