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Child sexual abuse: learning from case reviews

NSPCC Briefing:

Summary of risk factors and learning for improved practice around child sexual abuse


The reviews suggest that professionals are sometimes slow to identify sexual abuse as an explanation for a child's behaviour or medical presentations – particularly when other explanations are offered.

The learning highlights the importance of:

  • professionals’ ability to recognise and respond to sexual abuse
  • displaying professional curiosity and challenge with families, carers and other agencies
  • keeping the child at the centre of practitioners’ work.

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