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Laurel's clinic

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The Laurel’s clinic is the paediatric medical service that is available to children and young people when a concern or disclosure of child sexual abuse or sexual assault has been raised.

We provide acute (forensic) examinations in children up to the age of 14 years and non-acute examinations in children up to the age of 16 years.

When you come to our clinic, we will talk to a doctor or nurse who has special training in forensic examinations to decide if we need to collect DNA evidence. If we do collect DNA evidence, it will be used in as part of a garda investigation.

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The team in the Laurels Clinic uses a trauma-informed approach. We believe that the medical assessment can have a therapeutic benefit for the child. Aspects of the assessment may include the following:

  • general health assessment
  • documentation, assessment and treatment of any possible injuries
  • recovery of forensic (DNA) evidence
  • screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections as required
  • emergency contraception
  • post exposure prophylaxis for HIV
  • vaccination for Hepatitis B virus/HPV
  • adolescent focussed health assessment
  • onward referral to other services

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