Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

Please note: All my writings and comments appear in bold italics in this colour

Sunday, 11 September 2016

'Child Houses' to be Set Up for Young Sex Abuse Victims in London

File photo of boy on stairs with head in hands.
File photo. copyright THINKSTOCK

UK - Two so-called "child houses" are to be set up to support victims of sexual abuse and help them through the court process, the home secretary has said.

Under the £7.2m project, children and young people will be able to get medical care and therapeutic support and give evidence in a single building.

Amber Rudd said the plans would put victims' needs "front and centre".

The charity NSPCC said the announcement was a "welcome step" towards minimising suffering.

Both houses will open in London next year. They will each look after about 200 children and young people annually.

The project is being led by the London Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime and NHS England and funded by the Home Office Police Innovation Fund.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd on the Andrew Marr show.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd on the Andrew Marr show. Image copyright PA

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show, Ms Rudd said: "What I'm doing... is making sure that children are protected going forward.

"It's about making sure that we learn the lessons from the child abuse scandals of the past and that we actually act now."

Unfortunately, the police don't seem to have learned anything

The child house model

The idea for child houses is based on the "Barnahus" in Iceland, which provides one building for victims of child sexual abuse to receive a variety of services, the Home Office said.

It said the Icelandic system offered "a more child-friendly service and environment to help young victims through the criminal justice process" and has been shown to "speed up the progress of investigations and court cases".

A Barnahus
A single interview takes place in Iceland's children's houses, known as a 'Barnahus'

Within the building, victims will give recorded interviews to child psychologists and specially trained police officers, reducing the need to give multiple sets of evidence to different agencies.

The child house is also expected to provide a safe and "sympathetic" environment where victims can give evidence through video links to court.

A spokesman for the children's charity NSPCC said it had been a strong advocate for the houses and was working with the government to make them happen.

New approaches

In a statement, Ms Rudd said: "As we investigate and prosecute these crimes it is vital that victims, who have already suffered in ways most of us could never imagine, are supported and protected throughout the process.

"The Home Office is providing police forces with funding that rewards and incentivises new approaches to police work and drives forward positive change.

"The child houses, by improving evidence gathering while putting the needs of the victim front and centre, demonstrate exactly the kind of innovative thinking that we are encouraging."

The Home Office added the development of the child houses was part of wider government plans.

These include launching a £1.24m Child Sexual Exploitation Response Unit giving specialist support to people working in safeguarding in the UK, and providing ongoing funding for projects in England and Wales which help victims and survivors of sexual abuse.

Congratulations on this project, it's a great idea.

Now could you just get some appropriate teaching in elementary schools about good touch/bad touch, etc?