Children and Young People who have experienced sexual violence and have decided to report to the police, and their parents or carers, are able to access support from an ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advocate).
The role of the ISVA is to provide ongoing support for a client up to, and including, any pending or potential court cases. This support includes liaising with others on your behalf and keeping you regularly updated of any developments. The aim of doing this is to take as much pressure as possible off a client’s shoulders and enable them to concentrate on feeling better.
Our ISVAs are not counsellors. However, they are highly competent and skilled support workers. As such they are able to talk to you about your emotional wellbeing, provide you with positive coping strategies and allow you a safe and confidential space where you can talk about how you are feeling. Support is provided either face to face or by telephone (or usually both) and it will be at a level and frequency that is appropriate for your needs.
What happens after the court case or if it does not go to court?
Once the court case has ended, regardless of the outcome, or if the Crown Prosecution Service decides that there is insufficient evidence to proceed to court, clients will be offered the opportunity to speak to one of our dedicated Children’s and Young Person’s Counsellors. For more information about our counselling for children and young people please click here.
For more information, you can contact us by calling 01685 379 310 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org