How The Lighthouse works
The Lighthouse provides a multi-agency response to children with trained specialists working as an interdisciplinary team in the same building to make sure children and their families receive the support they need.
Advocates guide children, young people and their families through their journey of recovery, helping them access the support they need at every step, including the court process.
Undergoing medical examinations can be traumatic for children who have experienced abuse. At The Lighthouse, a play specialist helps the child prepare for medical assessments, which are carried out by a paediatrician and supported by a nurse. The child or young person can choose whether to have the assessment on their own or with a trusted adult present.
If a child has been sexually abused, a specially trained police officer should conduct an Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) interview with them to gather the facts of the case and the evidence for prosecuting the perpetrator. At The Lighthouse this interview can be conducted by a clinical psychologist who is supported by a police officer. This helps reduce re-traumatisation whilst still achieving the best possible evidence.
Having emotional support and therapy can help children start to recover from the abuse they have experienced. The Lighthouse prioritises children’s emotional needs with child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) practitioners providing early and long-term emotional support to children and young people. Our therapeutic services, Letting the Future In and Protect and Respect are also available to children and young people.
Liaising with other services
The Lighthouse has two police liaison officers and two social care liaison officers who offer advice and liaise with the local police, children’s social care services and multi-agency safeguarding hubs (MASH).