Transforming services for children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse
16 July 2018
The Department of Health and Social Care (DH) commissioned a programme of work to explore how a more joined-up service could be provided to children and young people who are sexually abused, with a particular focus on case-management, services that address both the physical, emotional and behavioural needs of children, and other issues facing them, for example, poor educational outcomes, and substance misuse in relation to the sexual abuse.
As part of this programme, DH commissioned the Family Nurse Partnership National Unit and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust to support and lead the work with three sites, North Central London, Rotherham and Birmingham.
This report responds to that DH commission – it seeks to shine a light on the lives of children and young people who have been abused or exploited. It describes the local systems in the three sites in some detail in order for the reader to fully understand the complexity in each area (and their choices about their programme of work).
It includes feedback from children, young people and parents who were interviewed for this work, and some reflections and learning points for the commissioners of the programme, the sites and wider audiences.