The Lighthouse wins Guardian Public Service Award
4 December 2019
The Lighthouse has been recognised in the Transformation category at the 2019 Guardian Public Service Awards.
The awards celebrate the best work of teams and individuals across public services.
Based in the heart of Camden, The Lighthouse sees clinicians from the Tavistock and Portman working with UCLH and law enforcement in a single facility to support young people to recover from sexual abuse.
Previously young people who reported sexual abuse could face multiple interviews with social workers, law enforcement and medical professionals in different and sometimes unfriendly settings, while also struggling to access long-term emotional support.
The Lighthouse brings together University College London hospitals NHS foundation trust in partnership with the Tavistock and Portman NHS foundation trust, the NSPCC, Solace Women’s Aid, the Metropolitan police, Camden council and the charities Respond and the Brandon Centre.
Based on the Icelandic Barnahus model, The Lighthouse brings all that support under one roof, and will also gather evidence from interviews to help gain more successful prosecutions in the future.