Chapter 17. Child Abuse

  1. Kate Thomson MBBS, FRACP General Paediatrician3,4,
  2. Dean Tey MBBS Allergy and Immunology Fellow5 and
  3. Michael Marks MBBS, MPH, MD, FRACP Paediatrician Senior Lecturer6,7
  1. Anne Smith MBBS, FRACP Medical Director1 and
  2. Chris Sanderson BSc (Hons), MBBS, FRACP Consultant Paediatrician Visiting Medical Officer2

Published Online: 17 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch17

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Smith, A. and Sanderson, C. (2009) Child Abuse, in Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition (eds K. Thomson, D. Tey and M. Marks), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Developmental Medicine, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  2. 4

    Emergency Department, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  3. 5

    Department of Allergy and Immunology, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 6

    Department of General Medicine, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  5. 7

    Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical Service, Australia

  2. 2

    Barwon Health, Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 13 FEB 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405174008

Online ISBN: 9781444308051



  • child abuse and demand for expert court testimony;
  • child abuse - harming (physically, emotionally or sexually) - ill treatment, abuse, neglect, or deprivation;
  • child physical abuse - physical trauma inflicted on children;
  • signs of sexual abuse - usually non-specific;
  • child neglect;
  • child sexual abuse - full paediatric assessment required;
  • multidisciplinary assessment of child and family - for all children suspected of child abuse;
  • abnormal genital signs and genital examination and management options;
  • professional recommendations to improve child's health, safety, development and well-being


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Mandatory reporting

  • Definitions

  • Child physical abuse

  • Child neglect

  • Child sexual abuse

  • Report writing