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A review of the literature on good practice considerations for initial health system response to child and adolescent sexual abuse

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dc.contributor.author Broaddus-Shea, E. T., Scott, K., Reijnders, M., & Amin, A.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-26T20:19:36Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-26T20:19:36Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Broaddus-Shea, E. T., Scott, K., Reijnders, M., & Amin, A. (2019). A review of the literature on good practice considerations for initial health system response to child and adolescent sexual abuse. Child abuse & neglect, 104225. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213419304028
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/4604
dc.description.abstract Background Healthcare workers play an important role in responding to the needs of the millions of children and adolescents who experience sexual abuse around the globe. A supportive child and adolescent-centered initial response is crucial for the physical and emotional wellbeing of survivors. Objective In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) published clinical guidelines for responding to child and adolescent sexual abuse. The review described in this paper informed the development of good practice statements on how best to deliver health care to survivors. Participants and setting This review examined the values and preferences of children and adolescents who were sexually abused, and of their caregivers and healthcare workers, regarding: 1) initial response to children and adolescents who have been sexually abused; and 2) obtaining medical history, conducting physical examination, and documenting examination findings. Methods Searches were conducted in Scopus, Pubmed, and the WHO’s Global Index Medicus (1 January, 1995-15 July 2016). All articles in English that indicated preferences of survivors, caregivers and/or healthcare workers in ensuring empathetic and trauma-informed care were included. Results Sixty-two articles were included and analyzed thematically. Key findings included the importance of providing care to survivors in a manner that respects the child or adolescent’s autonomy and wishes, ensures privacy and confidentiality, and makes services and facilities appropriate and welcoming. Conclusions Findings indicate how evidence-based recommendations can be delivered in a child or adolescent-centred and trauma-informed manner. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Child Abuse & Neglect en_US
dc.subject child maltreatment en_US
dc.subject child sexual abuse en_US
dc.subject health systems en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.title A review of the literature on good practice considerations for initial health system response to child and adolescent sexual abuse en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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