Child Sexual Assault and the Forensic Examination: A best practice course

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.
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Location

RCPCH
5-11 Theobalds Road
London
WC1X8SH
United Kingdom

Spaces available

Overview

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.

Please note that this course is only for consultant paediatricians and experienced doctors currently working with children who have experienced suspected sexual assault.

Learning objectives

  • The anatomical and physiological changes to the genital tract across the paediatric age group
  • The range of techniques employed in paediatric detailed genital examination and the indications of their use
  • The considerations when taking forensic samples to ensure effective capture and investigation (including avoidance of contamination, choice of samples, method of sampling, labelling and chain of evidence)
  • How issues of consent, capacity and information governance relate to the examination of suspected child sexual assault
  • The emotional impact of child sexual assault and need to make appropriate referrals for support
  • The current evidence base for findings in child sexual assault and the RCPCH The Physical Signs of Child Sexual Abuse ('Purple book')

Learning outcomes

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

Target audience

Only for consultant paediatricians and experienced doctors currently working with children who have experienced suspected sexual assault

Booking

Please register your interest in attending by contacting Caroline Spray, Education and Professional Development Coordinator for safeguarding education at caroline.spray@rcpch.ac.uk