The case for specialized health care representatives to recognize and prevent child sexual abuse

Report
Canadian CW report
Authors

The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate Newfoundland and Labrado

Source
The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate Newfoundland and Labrado
Abstract
This report follows the case of a child who received medical services for a pregnancy at age 12 without follow up services from the hospital medical team. A later investigation resulted in charges to the child's step-father for sexual abuse of the child. The advocate makes several observations and recommendations for health care providers who serve children for sexual health concerns, including; verifying the relationship of the accompanying parent/guardian; collateral information gathering; hospital social work consults; child protection education; and, provision of sexual/reproductive health information to young patients.