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The Office of National Statistics' Consultation on Exploring the Feasibility of Carrying Out a Survey Measuring Child Abuse in the UK - Response Published

https://consultations.ons.gov.uk/external-affairs/child-abuse-survey-consultation/

Overall, there was strong support to take this work forward. Responses demonstrated the importance of survey data for designing strategies to prevent and respond to child abuse, developing and providing relevant services, and raising awareness of abuse.  The ONS would like to thank all respondents for their valuable feedback.

 

It is What We/Others Have Been Saying for Years !

'Engagement with Children and Young People'  A new report published by IICSA (Independent Enquiry Child Sexual Abuse). The authors spoke to 56 victims and survivors of child sexual abuse between the ages of 11 and 21, and 77 specialist child sexual abuse support workers.

'The overwhelming majority of young victims and survivors shared negative experiences of their involvement with the NHS run Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).   It was said most CAMHS services did not understand the impact of child sexual abuse on a child’s emotional and mental health, and that several young victims and survivors said the service would only see them if they were suicidal.

Some young victims and survivors told us that the police had managed their privacy and confidentiality concerns poorly, which in some cases led to retaliation from people associated with the abuser. Many young victims and survivors said “the system” takes over after they disclose the abuse, making them feel disempowered and deterring them from sharing information again'. 

The report also found that relationships and sex education in schools had been largely inadequate, with some children receiving no lessons on it at all. For others, the scope and quality of material covered was poor, with only the very basics being taught and little or no information about child sexual abuse. 

The news item on this report can be viewed here at the IICSA website.

 

The MESARCH Project 

This project is being undertaken by Coventry University and our founder Gillian is a member of the Study Steering Committee.

The MESARCH project is evaluating SARCs (Sexual Assault Referral Centres) across England. These centres provide a crisis response to victims of sexual assault and rape including a forensic examination suite and victim/survivors can self-refer to such centres. The research project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Health Services and Delivery programme (HS&DR). The project seeks to understand the work that SARCs do, its impact and where their services sit within the broader context of supporting survivors of sexual violence. The study also addresses a gap in knowledge about long term support required and experiences of survivors of sexual abuse and violence; it will enable us to answer questions about the widespread impact of violence on health and wellbeing over time, along with a range of other outcomes considered important by those with Lived Experiences of sexual assault, rape and abuse.

The MESARCH Project - An introduction.

Conference About Mapping the SARCS in England  - Our founder Gillian took part in the conference.

MESARCH Project Video - Those with Lived Experience are integral to the research project and there is a diverse group of individuals who are part of the research team. This short video was produced as part of a key online conference which was held on 12th May 2021. Participants are from the Lived Experience group and they explain how they have helped to shape the study in many positive and different ways.   

 

An Extract from our October 2020 Newsletter

‘What has been clear during this pandemic is that the victim/survivors of familial sexual abuse during childhood have been overwhelmed – and CISters is still relevant and needed'.

For Cisters,  the past six months (April – September 2020) the volume of contact (predominantly by email) has risen by 700% compared with the same period in 2019. The central message from our members and other survivors has been that there continues to be increased feelings of anxiety, isolation and an undercurrent of concern for the children, of today, who are victims of familial sexual abuse. The true depth of the Hidden Harm within our society’. 

 

Catholic Church Investigation Report September 2021

We have made this Report available to you because the Church responds to Child Sexual Abuse in the same way that the 'family' often does - they keep it hidden - and silence the victim......

Catholic Church Investigation Report - September 2021