6: The Medical Assessment and Admission to Hospital

Please note that this chapter is pending an update. For information on when this is due, please contact the PCO UK Team.

6.1.1. A paediatric assessment is an essential component of a child protection investigation. It is a comprehensive assessment which includes the clinical history and examination, and detailed documentation including the use of line drawings and photo-documentation. Additionally, the assessment includes obtaining any relevant investigations and forensic samples, arranging any necessary aftercare and writing a report with an opinion. It should be conducted with the same degree of thoroughness and attention to detail as an examination for any potentially life threatening medical condition1.
6.1.2. The paediatric assessment has a number of purposes to:
  •  
    Identify the child’s health needs
  •  
    Help to reduce the physical and psychological sequelae of such abuse
  •  
    Determine the likelihood of child abuse on the balance of probability
  •  
    Facilitate the police investigation of a possible crime by documentation of clinical findings, including injuries and taking samples that may be used as forensic evidence in a police investigation relevant to all types of abuse
  •  
    Contribute to the multiagency assessment through sharing of information.
This item requires a subscription.
For full access to this content, log in to an existing user account or purchase an individual subscription.
×
Sign in or create an account
×

This PDF is available to Subscribers Only

Sign in or purchase a subscription to access this content. Sign in or purchase a subscription to access this content. ×