In January this year, we were pleased to receive funding allowing us to extend our Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy Service to 16 and 17 year old young women. This service offers emotional and practical support for women who may have already reported to the police or who wish to explore reporting. We work with young women to identify their support needs to ensure that a holistic support plan is in place and we will go at a pace that is right for them.
We offer support throughout the reporting process and liaise with the police and other agencies on their behalf. If the case gets to court, we also offer emotional support at the trial. We have a range of resources for young women to take away to help them during this time.
We have two qualified Independent Sexual Violence Advocates (ISVAs) in our service and are trained to work with young women. Our Senior ISVA has the Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) Advanced Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Practitioner qualification.
We take self-referrals and referrals from other agencies. If you would like to find out more about the ISVA role, you can watch these four videos about accessing an ISVA service, exploring reporting, reporting and going to court.