The Lighthouse is a facility in north London, set up in partnership with organisations in the voluntary and public sectors to provide a safe space to support children and young people, from 0-18, in their recovery from sexual abuse or exploitation. It will also support adults aged 18-25 with learning disabilities if The Lighthouse service best meets their needs.
The Lighthouse follows a model known as Child House (‘Barnahus’) which started in Iceland. It has been proven to help reduce children’s trauma, gather better evidence from interviews and increase prosecutions for child sexual abuse. This is the first of its kind in the UK. UCLH is the lead health service provider at The Lighthouse. Services are also provided by The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, NSPCC, Solace, London Borough of Camden and the Metropolitan Police.
It is available to families in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington. Referrals can come from parents or carers, schools, social workers and the police. Young people over 13 years can also refer themselves.
To make a referral, email email@example.com or call 020 3049 0010.
You can also download a referral form.
For immediate help for a child or young person who has suffered sexual assault within the last seven days, contact The Havens, the London sexual assault referral centre.
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The Lighthouse is a multi-agency service for children and young people who have experienced any form of sexual abuse, including exploitation. We offer a child-centred approach, providing guidance and support to help children and young people recover.
At The Lighthouse we focus on getting children the right help at the right time, by putting everything they need under one roof. Medical, advocacy, social care, police, and therapeutic support will be delivered from one place is all there to provide a joined up approach to supporting children and young people.
An advocate will guide children and their families through their journey towards recovery. This helps make sure they receive all the support they need easily and quickly. The advocate also supports children and young people through the court process.
A play specialist helps children prepare for the medical assessments with the paediatrician who is supported by a nurse. The child or young person can be seen alone or with a parent, carer or trusted adult.
A clinical psychologist can conduct the Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) interview, with support from a police officer. By putting the young person’s emotional needs first we can help reduce re-traumatisation and gather the best evidence.
Early and long-term support is offered through Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), the NSPCC’s Letting the Future In (LTFI) and Protect and Respect services. This additional emotional support helps children and young people to recover.
Two police liaison officers and two social care liaison officers, act as links offering advice and liaison to local police, children’s social care services and MASH teams (multi-agency safeguarding hubs).
The Lighthouse is funded by the Home Office, NHS England, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and the Department for Education. NHS England has commissioned the health and wellbeing services which will be provided by University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trusts, and NSPCC, supported by Morgan Stanley.