Updated CPG: Child abuse

The child abuse CPG has been updated and reviewed by the CPG committee.

The Key points for the CPG are

  1. Discuss all concerns about possible child abuse with a senior clinician. Report all suspected cases in accordance with mandatory reporting obligations
  2. Child abuse is a possible cause for many different presentations. Children who attend with injury or suspected abuse must be assessed top-to-toe
  3. Suspected inflicted head injury, recent (<72 hours) sexual assault and poisoning often require time-critical investigations. Consult specialist services urgently
  4. Child sexual assault requires specialist service responses with trained medical forensic examiners
  5. Use of clinical decision tools, body diagrams and clinical photographs are recommended

The CPG includes a separate page of additional resources with a list of state-specific services and contacts.


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