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Launch of CYP Havens service

King’s College Hospital hosts event to celebrate the official opening of the Children and Young Persons’ Havens Service (CYP Havens) which launched in April 2016.Nicola Blackwood

On 19 October, King’s College Hospital hosted an event to celebrate the official opening of the Children and Young Persons’ Havens Service (CYP Havens) which launched in April 2016. It presented the opportunity for partners, including NHS England and MOPAC (Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime), to reflect on progress made with key initiatives following the publication of the 2015 Review of Child Sexual Assault Services in London.

Also in attendance were representatives from the Metropolitan Police, Home Office, Public Health England, local authorities and local clinical commissioning groups, and the charity sector. Nicola Blackwood MP (pictured), Minister for Public Health and Innovation, gave the key note speech and visitors were welcomed to the event by Trust Chief Executive Nick Moberly.

CYP Havens provides an acute, specialist service in a calm environment following disclosure of sexual assault. It offers a holistic package of support including forensic medical examinations, follow-up sexual healthcare, and access to child psychology and advocacy services. The CYP Havens team supports children, young people and their families to navigate the complicated system of services at a time of high anxiety and facilitates access to local services for onward support.

Since its launch in April, demand has shown that an estimated 700 children and young people are likely to access one or more parts of the service this year, an increase from approximately 340 children and young people in 2015/16. CYP Havens has also established an advice helpline for professionals who have received disclosures of sexual abuse. The helpline has already been extremely well-used by professionals and it is projected that in the first year alone advice in the cases of 192 children will have been given. A further 100 children will be supported ‘virtually’ with the CYP Havens team building packages of care with multi-disciplinary local services.

Emma Harewood, Transformation Lead for the Implementation of the Review of Paediatric Sexual Assault Services, said of the event:

We felt it was incredibly important to celebrate the achievements that we have made together over the past year for the benefit of children and young people. The CYP Havens service – from the development of the model to the design of the environment – aims to be non-traumatising, child-friendly and reassuring. Care is holistic, specialist and coordinated to ensure both early emotional and practical support for children, young people and their families. We were extremely pleased to welcome so many of our partners as well as interested third parties to our event which involved motivational speeches from some of the key people involved in the commissioning and provision of the service and also tours of CYP Havens. We’d like to thank everyone that attended for taking the time to join with us to officially launch the service and look forward to further developing the pilot to help more children and young people in the future.