Child sexual assault and the forensic examination (Level 3+) – London

This two day in-person course equips paediatricians with 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 who have experienced suspected sexual assault.

It consists of expert-led lectures and workshops, then a series of observed practical sessions on day 2. Delegates also get access to about recorded lectures (about 4 hours) on key topic areas as part of their pre-course activities.

You must attend both course dates: Thursday 30 November: 09:30-17:15 GMT and Friday 1 December: 09:00-16:30 GMT.
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5-11 Theobalds Road
United Kingdom

Fully booked
  • RCPCH members: Trainees and SAS doctors – £475 (Specialty (ST5-7) trainees only)
  • RCPCH members: Consultants – £530 
  • Non-RCPCH members – £695

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, risk of pregnancy and risk of Hep B and HIV, and initiate appropriate treatment
  • Write high-quality evidence-based statements

Target audience

  • Consultant paediatricians and experienced doctors currently working with children who have experienced suspected sexual assault, or
  • intending to work to join a CSARC rota (a supporting letter from your line manager will be required)

[The course] reassured me that my practice was safe, I knew my stuff and knew where to look for the things I don't use often.

How to register

We want to ensure that the course is available to those with the appropriate experience. So if you are interested in booking a place, email us with your responses to:

  • How many CSA examinations have you undertaken?
  • How many professional witness reports have you written?
  • How many times have you been to court?
  • When was the last time you have seen a patient for a CSA examination?

Where applicable, include a supporting letter from your line manager.

When arranging study leave for this two-day course, consider also the time required for viewing the pre-course lectures (about 4 hours).

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and was actually quite sad it came to an end. The knowledge of the speakers was amazing, and I could have sat and listened all day - brilliant course. The practical side and assessment were well organised.

Course requirements

  • Target audience only 
  • Prior viewing of pre-recorded online lectures via the College’s RCPCH Learning online platform (about 4 hours)