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The Handbook for Child Protection Protection Practice presents a comprehensive and critical portrait of the phenomenon of neglect. Drawing on theory, research and clinical practice experience, the contributors cover issues facing social workers. They provide a view of child neglect which moves beyond the current child welfare focus on parental omissions in care. Organized in question and answer format, topics covered include: engaging with the client; initial assessments for factors such as neglect and physical and sexual abuse; how to assess the family; interventions with various different emphases; and safeguarding the social workers well-being: legally, physically and mentally.

Chapter 40: The Medical Evaluation for Possible Child Sexual Abuse: When is it Needed, Who Should Do it, How Should One Prepare for it, and What Will Be Done?

The Medical Evaluation for Possible Child Sexual Abuse: When is it Needed, Who Should Do it, How Should One Prepare for it, and What Will Be Done?
The medical evaluation for possible child sexual abuse: When is it needed, who should do it, how should one prepare for it, and what will be done?
Robert A.Shapiro

The following are the objectives of the medical evaluation:

  • Medical treatment: to assess for and treat sexually transmitted infections, injuries, and pregnancy
  • Forensic evaluation: to collect forensic evidence, such as semen or saliva, and to document trauma
  • Psychological reassurance: to reassure the child that her or his body is healthy and that he or she is physically well

A medical examination is required when

  • The abuse involved the child's genitalia or anus
  • The child has symptoms ...
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