New WHO Clinical Guidelines: Responding to children and adolescents who have been sexually abused

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The new WHO guidelines aim to help health workers to provide quality clinical care to children and adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse. The guidelines, grounded in human rights standards related to the “best interests of the child” and “evolving capacities”, emphasize the need for first-line support that includes: an empathetic response to disclosure of abuse – one that gives emphasis to their safety, choices, wishes and autonomy. The guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations for quality clinical care including post-rape and mental health care.  

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