TACKLING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
A joint, local initiative led by the two Local Safeguarding Children Boards and the NSPCC – with funding support from Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner
Why should we be concerned about child sexual abuse (CSA) and sexual assaults against children?
We all want our children and young people to grow up without the fear and negative impacts caused by sexual abuse as these issues can have a massive and long-lasting impact on their future lives and wellbeing. Sexual abuse as a child can lead to acute feelings of betrayal, powerlessness, stigmatisation, guilt and traumatic sexualisation, as well as difficulties in forming and maintain relationships, mental health related problems resulting from trauma and physical health problems
We know from the volume of historic child sexual abuse cases that have emerged in the past decade that many children have suffered abuse, often carried out by those who were trusted to work with them in wide range of settings including care homes, sports and activity clubs, schools, hospitals, the church and within their own home and family. Historic abuse victims have usually carried the burden of their abuse for many years and paid the cost of this in terms of their family lives and mental/physical well-being before they feel able to disclose the abuse in their adult life.
The Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Project is being supported by funding from Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner and is made up of strands of multi-agency work which aim to:
- Improve multi-agency data collection and analysis related to this type of abuse in order to map and respond to trends
- Ensure that pathways for support for children and families are clear, accessible and sufficient to support demand
- Equip our multi-agency workforce, including schools and early years providers, with the knowledge and confidence to promote prevention messages to children and young people and be able to respond to concerns and disclosures about abuse robustly and with confidence.
- Raise the awareness of parents/carers and children themselves of how to prevent child sexual abuse
Joint LSCB and NSPCC Campaign Launch Events
Local awareness raising campaigns will be held at two high profile practitioner-focussed events on Tuesday 1st May 2018:
- AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium (morning session)
- Dorset County Museum with Dippy the Dinosaur (afternoon session)
Each event will provide a research-based, input by experts in this field, an outline of local campaign plans and an opportunity for multi-agency discussions about how we can spread the campaign out across the area and support practitioners and professionals in having those important conversations to help keep children safe from abuse.
To attend the launch events please contact us on 01202 458873
More information, resources and advice are available from:
The NSPCC website https://www.nspcc.org.uk/search/?query=child%20sexual%20abuse
PANTS resources can be downloaded from: www.nspcc.org.uk/pants
Concerns about Abuse
To make a referral regarding concerns about a child or young person, please contact the relevant Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub:
MASH@bournemouth.gov.uk 01202 458101 or 01202 458102
MASH@poole.gov.uk 01202 735046
MASH@dorsetcc.gcsx.gov.uk 01202 228866
Or contact the national NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000
Local support organisations include:
Victims of historical child sexual abuse can seek support from: