Medical examinations when child sexual abuse is disclosed or suspected can have wide benefits including identifying forensic and evidential findings and providing a holistic assessment of the health and well-being of children who have experienced sexual abuse. This includes addressing unmet general, mental and sexual health needs, assessing risk including for self-harm and suicide and providing feedback and reassurance from health professionals to children and carers.

It’s important that practitioners who engage with children prior to a possible referral for medical examination have the knowledge and confidence to provide information and advice to children and non-abusing parents and carers.