Evaluation of a suspected child sexual abuse

Current Care Summary
Working group set up by the Finnish Medical Society Duodecim and the Finnish Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Current Care Guideline «Lapsen seksuaalisen hyväksikäytön epäilyn tutkiminen»1 and Summary «Lapsen seksuaalisen hyväksikäytön epäilyn tutkiminen»2 in Finnish

According to Finnish Child Welfare Law, the authorities are obligated to report suspicions of child sexual abuse immediately to the police and to social services to ensure the well being of the child. The investigating police may request assistance for forensic interviews and medical assessments from specialized units. The child’s disclosure is often the most important part of the evaluation. The timing of medical examination is crucial to obtain biological trace of evidence and to document evidence of acute injury or infection. The need for crisis support must be evaluated.

Jorma Piha (chair)

Eeva Aronen

Minna Joki-Erkkilä

Jorma Komulainen

Julia Korkman

Jouni Raipela

Mia Tuominen