Physical signs of child sexual abuse
This review and guideline for best practice is a revision of the 1997 Royal College of Physicians publication 'Physical Signs of Sexual Abuse in Children'. Based on the best available evidence, it has been produced by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians of London and its Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine.
The handbook focuses on evidence for the physical signs of child sexual abuse (CSA) in the following areas: female genitalia; male genitalia; anal signs; oral signs; and sexually transmitted infections.
The literature search was updated and an interim statement summarising the findings is available to download:
Other child protection publications
Please note: The RCPCH, Association of Chief Police Officers and Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine have recently updated the document, 'Guidance for best practice for the management of intimate images that may become evidence in court'.
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