The Victims' Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird, has written a joint letter with the Children's Commissioner, Anne Longfield OBE calling on the Home Office, NHS England and the London Mayor's office to confirm funding for The Lighthouse.
The Victims’ Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird, has written a joint letter with the Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield OBE calling on the Home Office, NHS England and the London Mayor’s office to confirm funding for The Lighthouse, a pioneering centre in Camden supporting child victims of sexual abuse. Failure to gain additional funding will mean that the programme cannot take on any new children after 1st March this year.
The Lighthouse is modelled on the Scandinavian Child Houses and provides support for child victims of sexual abuse in a friendly, safe and child-focused environment. Children can meet with all the professionals working on their case in one place, which makes them feel more comfortable and can enable them to give better evidence when or if their case comes to trial.
The commissioners’ letter calls on these organisations to continue to fund the programme to allow for a full and rigorous evaluation which will provide valuable information about the impact the service is having in helping to progress cases through the criminal justice system. The Lighthouse has the potential to improve outcomes in these cases by supporting victims so that they feel able to go ahead with giving evidence in court and potentially preventing a perpetrator going on to abuse other children.
Their letter can be found here: