Helping young children through the court process

At the St. Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre, children and young people can access the services of a Child Advocate. The role of the Child Advocate is to work specifically with children and their families to ensure they understand what happens at St. Mary’s as well as making sure they access relevant aftercare services following the forensic medical examination.

The Child Advocate will provide on going telephone support to the child and their family. They will work with the Trust’s Child Protection Team to reduce risk of further harm and ensure any child protection issues are addressed. They will also support the victim through any criminal or civil justice proceedings and they will work closely with other agencies to ensure the child’s needs are recognised and addressed through relevant services.