The Lighthouse opens to help children and their families deal with the trauma of sexual abuse

Our pioneering support service launches in London 

Mayor of London launches The LighthouseThe Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan,  and Home Office minister, Victoria Atkins, joined forces today to launch The Lighthouse, our latest service for children.

The pioneering facility in Camden, London, sees us working with The University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust (UCLH), in partnership with Tavistock and Portman Foundation Hospital. It offers a full range of support to children and their families who’ve been affected by sexual abuse.

Until now, young people who reported sexual abuse could face multiple interviews with social workers, law enforcement and medical professionals in different and sometimes unfriendly settings, while also struggling to access long-term emotional support.

Based on the Icelandic Barnahus model, The Lighthouse brings all that support under one roof. It will also gather evidence from interviews to help gain more successful prosecutions in the future.

NSPCC CEO Peter Wanless said:
Peter Wanless, NSPCC “Bringing this concept to life in the UK is a landmark moment for the NSPCC and all those that advocated this way of working and who have come together to deliver The Lighthouse.

“The eyes of the nation will be on this project which is organised around the needs of young people that have suffered from the physical and emotional trauma of sexual abuse. It is an enlightened approach which we hope will flourish.”

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:
“Children who have experienced sexual abuse have already undergone a horrific ordeal so it’s essential that we do everything we can to make their path to recovery and justice as simple as possible.

“This ground-breaking centre, The Lighthouse, brings together the NHS, social workers and the police in one place to make sure young people who have experienced sexual abuse get the support they need.”

Working together

We’ve worked with investment bank Morgan Stanley, whose employees have raised over £1.4 million for the NSPCC over the past few years. This money has helped to set up The Lighthouse and the Morgan Stanley Therapeutic Suite within the building.

Clare Woodman, Head of Morgan Stanley EMEA, said: “The Morgan Stanley Therapeutic Suite will provide life-changing therapy for children recovering from abuse and I’d like to thank the NSPCC and Morgan Stanley employees for their incredible commitment in supporting the delivery of this ground-breaking project.”

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Support from our Friends

Back in 2016, Friends star and director David Schwimmer voiced his support for our plans to set up a house dedicated to helping child victims of sexual abuse.

Speaking at our annual flagship conference How Safe are Our Children?, David talked about his role and commitment as a director of The Rape Foundation, which runs Stuart House, a similar facility in the US.