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Help for nurses to spot sexual abuse

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Nurses and midwives will be able to benefit from a new scheme to help health professionals spot sexual abuse in children and adults.

The initiative, run by the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine, will enable health professionals to take part in an e-learning course run by the University of Ulster.

The course will be in two parts. The first will cover medical law, such as writing statements and giving advice.

The second part will cover more practical issues such as consent, confidentiality, anatomy, and examinations. Initially aimed at doctors preparing for forensic physician roles, the Faculty is encouraging health professionals from other disciplines to apply.

FFLM president, Ian Wall, said: “Education and training have a crucial role to play in raising the bar when it comes to spotting the signs of sexual abuse in adults and children.”

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre former chief executive, Jim Gamble, said: “Health professionals owe it to their patients to improve their skills in recognising abuse.”

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