Offences against Children: Victim Support Schemes

Home Office written question – answered on 4th June 2015.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Labour, West Bromwich East

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the £7 million Child Abuse Support Victims Fund dispersed in May 2015 has been allocated to non-statutory organisations which specifically provide long-term counselling support to adults who were sexually abused as children.

Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Labour, West Bromwich East

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much police time was spent assessing child abuse victims funding applications and dispersing these to the chosen non-statutory organisations in the last year.

Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Labour, West Bromwich East

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-statutory organisations providing counselling without pre-determined time-limits to adults who were sexually abused as children were funded by her Department in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Government announced an extra £7m funding to help victims of sexual violence in December 2014. £2.15m was allocated to the 84 existing Female Rape Support Centres and two funds were established to allocate the remainder: a £2m fund to non-statutory organisations reporting an increase in demand as a direct result of the announcement of the Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry (Fund 1), and a £2.85m fund for non-statutory organisations providing support across England and Wales to victims of sexual abuse to help meet the increased demand on those services (Fund 2). Organisations that applied to Fund 2 were asked whether they supported adults who were sexually abused as children. £2.33m of the £2.85m has been allocated to organisations that showed they provide support to adults who were sexually abused as children; this includes over £1.6m to organisations offering counselling services. These two funds are being administered by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, supported by the Home Office. Aside from the attendance of the Chief Constable for Norfolk at the Oversight Board, no police time has been spent on assessment or allocation. We do not centrally hold information on the number of non-statutory organisations providing counselling without pre-determined time limits to adults who were sexually abused as children.

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