Home Office supports NSPCC to offer free child sexual abuse recovery training for local safeguarding partners

Last updated: 01 Feb 2021 Topics: News Type: News

Access free support and training, designed to help local areas provide the best care they can to children who have experienced sexual abuse

The coronavirus pandemic has made it harder for some children who have experienced sexual abuse to access the help and support they need. With support from the Home Office, through the Child Sexual Abuse Support Services Transformation Fund​, we’ve launched an exciting new initiative that will give ten local authority areas in England and Wales access to a package of support and training that will assist them to expand the services they provide to children.

Local safeguarding partners can apply to join the programme for free. The NSPCC will first help them to undertake an audit of their local response to child sexual abuse (CSA) from a multi-agency perspective. This work will help partners to understand how, collectively, they can do even more to support young people.

Following the audit, local safeguarding partners will be offered a CSA awareness building training session to help embed best practice within the local area, and develop their understanding of CSA and the impact it has on children.

In addition to this, we will offer free advanced training to agencies within six of the selected local authority areas to support them to provide our holistic CSA therapeutic recovery service, Letting the Future In. The service makes use of creative outlets and play-therapy to help children express feelings they can’t put into words. Agencies will be supported in their adoption of the service through the provision of implementation guidance and tools.

A case study of Letting the Future In, highlighting the programme’s success in supporting a child with learning disabilities recover from CSA, was featured in the Home Office’s new Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy.1 The strategy sets out the UK Government’s plans for preventing and responding to child sexual abuse in all forms. The strategy is based on three objectives, the third of which is to safeguard and support children and young people who have experienced child sexual abuse.

References

Home Office (2021) Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy [Accessed 28/01/2021].

Apply for the programme

To be eligible for this programme, you must be an established local safeguarding partnership in England or Wales, with the following agencies represented: education, police, health and children’s services.

We’re looking to begin the audit process and provide CSA awareness building sessions to local safeguarding partners from April 2021. Training on Letting the Future In will begin in Autumn 2021.

If you’re part of an established local safeguarding partnership and you think your area would benefit from the programme, please email lettingthefuturein@nspcc.org.uk. You will be asked to complete and submit an expression of interest form by Friday 5 March.