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 The Lighthouse 

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.

Referral

To make a referral, email thelighthouse.ask@nhs.net 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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  • Contact Us

    Address

    The Lighthouse

    7-9 Greenland Place

    London NW1 0AP

     

    Telephone

    Public : 0808 169 8112

    Professionals: 020 3049 0010

     

    Email

    thelighthouse.ask@nhs.net

     

    Web

    thelighthouse-london.org.uk

  • What happens at The Lighthouse?

    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.

  • The young person’s advocate

    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.

  • Medical support

    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.

  • Collecting evidence

    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.

  • Emotional health and wellbeing

    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.

  • Support from Police and Social Workers

    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).

  • Funding partnership

    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.