Best Practices: Medical Assessment

The following resources are listed in no particular order.

U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (2016). A National Protocol for Sexual Abuse Medical Forensic Examinations Pediatric. Washington, DC: Author.

The Medical Evaluation of Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse (2001).

The Evaluation of Sexual Abuse in Children

Guidelines for medical professionals from the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding medical assessment of suspected sexual abuse.

Distinguishing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome from Child Abuse Fatalities

A policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics that helps health professionals determine whether infant death is SIDS or infanticide.

Assessment of Maltreatment of Children with Disabilities

Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics that guide assessment of abuse of children with disabilities.

Clinical Report-The Pediatricians Role in Child Maltreatment Prevention

Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics for pediatricians to help with recognizing risk factors for child maltreatment and to be able to provide helpful guidance and refer families to appropriate resources and programs. Flaherty, E. G., Stirling, J., & The Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. (2010). Pediatrics, 126, 833-841.