Updated guidance for paediatric doctors to help identify sexual abuse

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The Royal College of Peadiatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) have updated the guidance material provided for clinicians who deal with children in general practice.

Known as the Purple Book, this document was last updated in 2008 and was in need of revision in light of the much changed landscape and awareness concerning child abuse and sexual exploitation. A number of new sections were added to the guidance material focusing on injuries associated with abuse and behavioral characteristics. The news was welcomed by the NSPCC.

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