Child Abuse Sexual Assault

Responding to Children and Adolescents Who Have Been Sexually Abused

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The World Health Organization has released new clinical guidelines, Responding to Children and Adolescents Who Have Been Sexually Abused. This document is unrelated to/unconnected from any of the documents upon which we typically rely within the forensic nursing community (e.g. either National Protocol); that said it’s worth reviewing. From the Executive Summary:

This guideline aims to provide evidence-based recommendations for quality clinical care for children and adolescents who have, or may have, been subjected to sexual abuse, in order to mitigate the negative health consequences and improve their well-being. The objectives are to support health-care providers to provide quality, immediate and long-term clinical care and to apply ethical, human-rights-based and trauma-informed good practices in the provision of such care. Where relevant for provision of clinical care and where there is supporting evidence, sex-based differences and gender-based inequalities are flagged.

Download the PDF here.