A report commissioned by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, has revealed young people feel they are not getting the support they need from the NHS-run Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
56 victims and survivors of child sexual abuse between the ages of 11 and 21 were surveyed for the report, alongside 77 specialist child sexual abuse support workers. The overwhelming majority of survivors shared negative experiences of their involvement with CAMHS.
It was found most CAMHS services did not understand the impact of child sexual abuse on a child’s emotional and mental health, and several young victims and survivors reported that the service would only see them if they were suicidal.
Other concerns raised included poor management of privacy and confidentiality concerns by the police, which, in some cases, resulted in retaliation from the abuser and their family.
The report also found that relationship and sex education in schools is largely inadequate, with some children not receiving any lessons at all. For those schools where lessons were taught, the scope and quality of materials was found to be poor, with little or no information on child sexual abuse.
To read the full report, visit the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse website.