Supporting child victims of sexual violence

Sexual violence of any kind is a traumatic experience and for children and young people can have dramatic repercussions for the rest of their lives. In addition to group and individual therapy to help their recovery, children, young people and their families need practical support in the aftermath of any incident and through any court proceedings. This can be a stressful experience as it may involve a re-telling of the traumatic incident.

Jointly funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and NHS England, the Child Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) is focused on this practical, supportive role, acting as an independent advocate for the child/young person and providing support for historic and recent allegations. The ISVA works both inside and outside the criminal justice system and the role also includes:

Pro-actively working with local safeguarding teams to reduce the risk of harm

Providing face-to-face and telephone support to victims and their families

Supporting children and young people with coping strategies, relaxation, managing self-harm etc.

Supporting victims and families through court proceedings

Working with other agencies and services to ensure that victims’ needs are being recognised and met

Enabling quick access to therapeutic services where necessary

Training and awareness raising of SARC and preventative work

For more information about support available to victims of rape and sexual assault in Surrey please visit: www.solacesarc.org.uk