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Guide to diagnosing sexual abuse of children is published

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 03 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:738
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A comprehensive, evidence based guide to the physical signs of sexual abuse of children was published this week by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

The long awaited publication, which is based on five years’ work, will help UK child protection professionals diagnose sexual abuse of suspected victims and gives advice on how they can best present their evidence in criminal and family court cases.

It will also ensure that professionals use an agreed terminology to describe signs, so that everyone involved in a case knows what is meant. Rosalyn Proops, child protection officer for the college, said, “It provides clinicians—paediatricians in particular—with a common language to describe the physical signs, and that is the key to …

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