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Assessment and investigation of suspected child sexual abuse
Assessment and investigation of suspected child sexual abuse

The objectives of the child protection clinical assessment are: to identify conditions that require treatment, to identify any injuries or forensic signs.

Poisoning
Poisoning

Non-accidental poisoning can be seen in FII but not exclusively. It has a different profile to accidental poisoning, which is frequently seen in toddlers.

Fabricated and induced illness
Fabricated and induced illness

The terminology, fabricated or induced illness (FII) has replaced ‘Munchausen syndrome by proxy’. The diagnosis refers to a form of abuse where the.

Visceral injury
Visceral injury

Abusive visceral injury, predominantly within the abdominal cavity, is rare, but can be fatal. It occurs most commonly in children under 3 years of age..

Intracranial and spinal injury
Intracranial and spinal injury

Abusive head injury is the most serious form of physical abuse and carries a high morbidity and mortality. One third of children who suffer this form of.

Bites and oral injuries
Bites and oral injuries

Injuries to the lips, such as bruising or lacerations are the commonest oral injuries sustained in abuse, but in themselves may not be specific. Abusive.

Burns
Burns

In common with head injury, abusive burns carry a high morbidity and mortality. Scalds are the commonest intentional burn injury. A child can sustain a.

Fractures
Fractures

Eighty percent of abusive fractures occur in children less than 18 months of age, in contrast to 85% of accidental fractures which occur in children older.

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