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OPCC to enhance services for child sexual abuse recovery

The office of Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner is to receive Home Office funding of £205,000 over two years to enhance services that help children and young people recover from sexual abuse to improve services for child victims of sexual abuse. To inform this work they would like to identify a key contact person in your organisation to be informed of the work, plus to complete a survey into current provision and knowledge of this area of work.

The OPCC will work with local organisations Arch Teesside, A Way Out, Barnardo’s, Eva Women’s Aid and Halo to deliver this comprehensive programme of work before March 2022. The project will be independently evaluated and learning will be used to maximise development opportunities and support longer-term strategic planning around child sexual abuse (CSA).

The investment will be used to:

  • develop tailored support for groups who traditionally face additional barriers to seeking support, including male victims of abuse and victims from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background
  • reduce the impact of child sexual abuse on the entire family, resources will be produced to support the wider family unit, including the parents of children affected by abuse
  • attempt to bridge the gap between young victims and the police by recruiting a specialist worker and by supporting young people through the transition into adult support services
  • deliver virtual workshops made up of agencies working with vulnerable people, to ensure the impact of the investment is realised in the long-term

The success of this project relies heavily upon transformational, co-ordinated partnership working and strong engagement from all those working with children, young people and, safe family members and carers of those affected by CSA.

Action - identify your contact person

The OPCC want to identify a single point of contact from within your organisation or team, with whom they can communicate about the project (see contact details at end of article).

Workshop save the date

A key element of the project will be to develop an understanding, across the partnership, of the services and pathways that support our children and young people affected by sexual abuse, and the safe parents and carers that support them. This will involve mapping and understanding the pathways into services for our children and young people, identifying their needs and understanding any service gaps.

We know that meeting these needs cannot be met by one agency alone, therefore some partnership workshops are being arranged to enable us to work together to explore and understand the current provision and processes. This work will then directly support a further workshop that will inform the development of the partnerships key strategic objectives around CSA.

We would value your contribution and collaboration in these workshops and we are asking that you SAVE THE DATE Tuesday 27th April for the first of these workshops. This first workshop will be aimed at subject experts, service leads, practitioners and providers around CSA. It will be a virtual event lasting no more than 2 hours in total.  

Survey into knowledge levels and service provision

Your support is needed in getting as many relevant people as possible to complete the following survey:

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Tees-wideCSATransformationProject/

This survey is critical to helping us to understand current knowledge levels, service provision and what is happening, across a range of teams, organisations and networks in relation to child sexual abuse. This information will help our independent evaluator to set a baseline for the project, and will inform the workshops (mentioned above) that you will be invited to in April and May.

This survey is being sent to chairs of networks, decision-makers, managers, practitioners and volunteers involved with work with children and young people, and their parents or carers. We want to reach as wide a range of participants as possible. Therefore, please do forward this email to anybody you think can contribute to our information gathering either within your teams, the wider organisation or your networks.

Survey deadline: 1st April.

This is an important project which will build upon the excellent work already happening locally and the government’s commitment to ending child sexual abuse.

https://stopabusetogether.campaign.gov.uk/

Contact details

If you have any queries about this project please don’t hesitate to contact the project lead, Tracey Brittain: tracey.brittain@cleveland.pnn.police.uk

 

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