Posted: 21 July 2016

Making sure vulnerable children are Seen and Heard

We've launched a brand new initiative to help young victims of sexual abuse. 

Seen and Heard, a major £550,000 project commissioned by the Department of Health, will enable us to help up to 750,000 healthcare professionals improve their understanding of what it's like to be in the shoes of a child or young person who's been sexually abused. 

Seen and Heard is a one hour e-learning course, based on the powerful story of a young boy called Tyler. His story is used in a short film that is linked to a host of interactive online training resources.

The course is aimed at supporting workers, particularly those in healthcare settings, to help them to spot the signs of child sexual abuse and exploitation and to understand what children and young people have said they need in order to disclose what is happening to them.

One in 20 children in the UK has been sexually abused.

Many of these children and young people want to disclose their abuse, but don’t feel they can.

We believe it is vital for all staff working in health care settings to know the signs of child sexual abuse and exploitation, and feel confident to step in and support a child or young person who may be at risk.

The training was designed together with the Department of Health as part of their child sex abuse strategy to change organisational culture and practice. By picking up incidents of abuse and exploitation sooner, we believe pressure will be relieved on the healthcare system, and ultimately, the criminal justice system too.

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