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Lighthouse project opens first ‘Child House’ for child sexual abuse victims

The UK's first "Child House" for child victims of sexual abuse has opened in North London providing support to young victims from Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.

The ‘house’ will provide a comfortable, safe environment for young people to receive medical, social care and therapeutic support in one place as well as providing a location for the Police to carry out interviews with victims and gather evidence in a more child-friendly environment.

The ‘house’ has been designed in consultation with young people with the expectation being that co-located support and evidence gathering will reduce the trauma children face having to repeat their story several times to different agencies.

 It is expected that the house will support around 540 young people each year.