The Introductory Training Course in Sexual Offence Medicine is following the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine (FFLM) recommendations.


  • Monday 13 to Friday 17 June 2022 (FME session for non-FME colleagues on Wednesday 22 June PM)
  • Monday 26 to Friday 30 September 2022 (FME session for non-FME colleagues on Wednesday 5 October PM)


This is a five-day course, currently held online (the number of days may be shortened when this is held in person).

The first three days are open to all individuals working with and supporting survivors of rape and sexual assault. On the afternoon of day three, we provide a ‘trauma-informed’ session for all attendees.

The remaining two days are open to forensic clinicians who undertake forensic medical examinations (FMEs), for example, forensic physicians, forensic nurse examiners or paediatricians.

Additional training, Courtroom Confidence, will take place over two separate dates (3.5 hours each day). It is open to delegates attending the full course.

Course outline

Days one to three:

  • the law relating to sexual assault
  • introduction to the different models of care
  • incidence, prevalence and statistics
  • consent, confidentiality and ethics
  • initial assessments, record-keeping and general principles
  • the role of the independent sexual violence adviser (ISVA)
  • safeguarding adults and children
  • police organisation, the role of the specialist officer, early evidence and early evidence kits (EEKs) 
  • the role of the crisis worker and non-police referrals
  • the role of the approved mental health professional (AMHP) 
  • assessment of mental health
  • substance use and co-morbidity 
  • understanding trauma-informed practice and self-care 
  • case discussions

Days four to five:

  • forensic science and sampling:  
    – general principles  
    – anti-contamination considerations  
  • use of colposcope
  • post assault care
    – immediate
    – referrals
    – follow-up
  • forensic medical examination notes and samples
  • discussion of initial assessments and case scenarios/examples 
  • documentation and interpretation of findings and injuries (general and body) including non-fatal strangulation  
  • ano-genital anatomy and examination documentation of ano-genital findings and injury
  • ongoing training and CPD, peer review meetings and qualifications


  • £595 for first three days only (recommended for non-FME staff)
  • £1,295 for five day course, plus Courtroom Confidence training (recommended for those carrying out FMEs)


To attend this course, please download and complete The Havens education course booking form (pdf) and:

  • email to; or
  • post it to: Training and Stakeholder Engagement Team, The Havens, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS.