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Purple Book RCPCH – Updated sexual abuse guidance for Paediatric doctors

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has updated its “Purple Book” to improve assessment and management of children exposed to sexual abuse

Almost 3000 children in the UK were put under protection measures last year to prevent sexual abuse. It can be very difficult for clinicians and other experts to identify signs of abuse in children but the RCPCH have in the past sought to help members by providing guidance in the form of a book titled .. ‘The Physical Signs of Child Sexual Abuse’, also known as ‘The Purple Book,’. This brings together the latest knowledge and evidence to aid clinical decision-making. The Purple Book has not been updated since 2008 and now contains 3 new key chapters – anogenital signs of accidental injuries in girls and boys, genital bleeding in prepubertal girls and healing in anogenital injuries.

This focus provides much needed training and guidance for busy practitioners who might not always spot what to others may seem suspicious or worrying.

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