Report abuse if you suspect it
If you suspect your child or someone else’s child has been a victim of sexual abuse then you must report it to the police or social services. If your child or a child you know discloses any form of sexual abuse, you can call the police and ask for the Child Protection Team and they will send a specially trained officer to visit you.
It is important to provide a safe environment for the child where they can talk to you or another trusted adult. Try to remember to:
- Listen to them and don’t ask for details.
- Believe what they are saying.
- Allow them to say what they feel and cry when they want to cry.
- Keep calm and reassure them.
- Don’t make any promises you can’t keep – like saying you won’t tell anyone or that nothing will happen to the abuser.
- Take care of yourself, hearing a child discuss what has happened to them can be distressing, speak to a professionally trained counsellor so you can fully support the child.
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- Crisis Support
- Forensic Medical Examination
- Access to Emergency Contraception
- Sexual Health Screening
- Counselling & Aftercare Support
- Independent Sexual Violence Advisor
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