Integrated Care Systems: Offences against Children

Home Office written question – answered on 24 January 2022.

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Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will assess the potential merits of investing in Child Houses to allow Integrated Care Systems to deliver effective joined-up services to victims of child sexual abuse.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean The Minister of State, Home Department, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The government has recently introduced an amendment to the Health and Care Bill which will require that integrated care boards set out the steps they propose to take to address the particular needs of victims of abuse in their local area, including both adults and children.

The government recognises the merits of the Child House model of support, in which children affected by sexual abuse receive joined-up services in a single, child-friendly setting.

We have provided approximately £7.5m towards a pilot of the UK’s first Child House, the Lighthouse, and we are committed to supporting other local commissioners, service providers, and charities to further develop the Child House model.

Building on the learning from the pilot, the Home Office recently published guidance for local partnerships seeking to adopt a Child House approach.

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