Child Sexual Abuse

Child Sexual Abuse

What is sexual abuse?

Involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving a high level of violence, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening.

The activities may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration (for example, rape or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside of clothing. They may also include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse Sexual abuse can take place online, and technology can be used to facilitate offline abuse. Males, females and other children can commit acts of sexual abuse. For more information on sexual abuse visit the NSPCC’s website.

If a child is in immediate danger call the Police on 999 or if you are concerned that a child may be at risk of sexual abuse contact the Children and Families Contact Service 020 79743 3187.

The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse will deliver medical, advocacy, social care, police, and therapeutic support to children and young people who have been victims of sexual abuse.

How to make a referral?
If you suspect child sexual abuse always speak with your local Children’s Social Care service. The Lighthouse service is available to children and young people in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.

Telephone: 020 3049 0010
Email: uclh.thelighthouse@nhs.net
Website: uclh.nhs.uk/thelighthouse

Opening Hours
Monday to Saturday: 10:00am–8:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am—1:00pm

All services are available by a booked appointment.