Child sexual assault and the forensic examination (Level 3+, 4 and 5) online two-day course

This two day online course is structured to equip 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.

The first day consists of expert led lectures and workshops, followed by a second session of assessments. Alongside this, you will have access to a selection of recorded lectures and videos on key topic areas for viewing as part of your pre-course activities.

The course will be run virtually, via the Zoom platform.
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Limited availability

Course dates (you must be able to attend both days):

  • Thursday 24 June 2021, 09:30 - 17:15 and
  • Thursday 1 July 2021, 09:00 - 16:00 (you will be allocated a two-hour slot for your assessments)

The course times are shown in BST (British Summer Time)


  • RCPCH members: Trainees and SAS doctors - £450 (senior trainees only)
  • RCPCH members: Consultants - £500
  • Non-RCPCH members - £665

Please see the information below about the target audience for this course.

Course aim:

  • 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’)

It was a fantastic course with inspiring speakers all really knowledgeable and approachable for asking questions 

Learning outcomes:

  • 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.

Senior trainees with a declared specialist interest in child safeguarding (including participation in the safeguarding SPIN module) intending to work in the field of paediatric sexual offenses medicine in the near future.

Excellent faculty - material clear and relevant. Speakers approachable. Extensive and useful pre-course material

Course requirements:

  • Target audience only 
  • Prior viewing of pre-recorded online lectures via the College online learning platform – these lectures are currently being recorded however it is estimated that this would require up to three hours of viewing 
  • Pre-course model making (you will be sent a pack of materials as well as given access to a how-to guide to create your own pelvic model for the practical assessment) 
  • Agreement to abide by the course's code of conduct 

Technical requirements:

  • Windows or Mac computer (laptop/desktop or tablet)
  • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE). Minimum bandwidth is 600kbps (up/down) and recommended is 1.5 Mbps (up/down)
  • Microphone and speaker - either using:
    • the built-in microphone/speaker
    • a headset connected to your laptop/desktop or tablet
  • Webcam - either using:
    • the built-in webcam
    • separate webcam connected to your laptop/desktop or tablet

Because of the sensitive nature of the course content, please ensure you are in an appropriate environment to participate in the course.

How to register:

As this course is directed at clinicians with a higher level of CSA experience, we ask that you contact our team with your interest and they will support you with course registration. Please email the team at