Child House to help children who've been sexually abused

Pioneering project to transform the recovery process for children

Girl sat on sofa in counselling room looking away from cameraChildren and young people who report sexual abuse can face multiple interviews with social workers, the police and medical professionals in different and sometimes unfriendly settings, while also struggling to access long-term emotional support.

Child House, the first of its kind in the UK, will transform this process, enabling children and teenagers to receive medical, social care, therapeutic and advocacy services from a single location in Camden.

The Child House model

Young boy drawing in counselling room

Funding for the core service has been provided by 4 government agencies to the NHS. The NSPCC has partnered with Morgan Stanley to deliver vital therapeutic services within the Child House, providing much needed support to children and teenagers. Employees at Morgan Stanley are on course to raise over a million pounds towards this important initiative.

Child House aims to:

  • promote a multi-agency, interdisciplinary approach to improving treatment and recovery
  • help reduce trauma and capture children's stories in full
  • gather better evidence from interviews and increase prosecutions.

The Child House will be designed and decorated to help make children feel safe and comfortable. Children can choose to be interviewed by clinical psychologists and will have access to therapy and care after the judicial process has finished.

In 2016 Hollywood actor and director David Schwimmer voiced his support for the NSPCC's plans to set up a Child House.

Speaking at our annual state flagship conference How Safe are Our Children?, David talked about his role and commitment as a Director on The Rape Foundation Board which runs Stuart House, the equivalent of a Child House.

NSPCC Chief Executive, Peter Wanless, said:
"We are very excited to be involved in a project that promises to transform the whole recovery process for young people who have experienced sexual abuse.

"The Child House will be a safe place for these children and teenagers, providing them with all the support and treatment they need to get their lives back on track. We are particularly grateful for Morgan Stanley's contribution to this government-funded service which will help children and young people get some of the additional therapeutic support they need."

Robert Rooney, Head of Technology at Morgan Stanley said:
"We are pleased to be able to support the delivery of such a potentially transformative project as the UK's first Child House.

"Through our charity partnership with the NSPCC, Morgan Stanley and our employees aim to provide a long-lasting positive impact on the health and well-being of children in desperate need of support."

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