An allegation or suspicion of child sexual abuse (CSA) must be acted upon robustly. It is a difficult area for staff to manage. CSA includes physical contact (both penetrative and non-penetrative acts), non-contact activities such as exposure to sexually explicit material, and child sexual exploitation (CSE). The exact prevalence of CSA is unknown, however, it is clear that much goes unreported. In a survey of 18 – 24-year-olds, 11% considered themselves to have been sexually abused. This pathway aims to simplify the process and make the referral pathway and sources of advice available clear. This pathway is for all staff who work with children, or with adults who have children and has been updated with time frames and accountability for referrals to the HAVEN.
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