The CSA Centre has just launched the Strengthening Services for Victims and Survivors Programme. This programme aims to enable children, young people and adults who have been victims of child sexual abuse, and their families, to access services that promote safety and encourage healing and recovery by:

  • increasing the strength and resilience of services supporting victims and survivors of child sexual abuse and their families
  • supporting national government, funders and commissioners to commission services effectively on the basis of a better knowledge of need
  • helping service provision keep pace with the needs of victims and survivors of child sexual abuse and their families.

The scope of our work

We are planning four strands of activity:

  1. Mapping existing service provision and gaps – producing a ‘state of the sector report’ and online database/map of services
  2. Supporting service provision – direct support to services, workshops and learning events
  3. Supporting effective funding and commissioning – reviewing funding for the sector, briefings for services, workshops and a funding framework for policymakers and commissioners
  4. Building understanding – a briefing summarising current research on the impact of child sexual abuse and new research into the experiences of people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds who have been sexually abused

Who is this for?

Any organisation in England and Wales that provides specialist support services for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse and their families or is wanting to do so – and for the policy-makers, funders and commissioners who fund these services. This includes services for:

  • children and young people who have been sexually abused by adults or by other young people
  • children and young people who are at risk of sexual exploitation
  • adult survivors of child sexual abuse
  • family members of children who have been sexually abused

How can you get involved?

Sign-up to our mailing list: so that we can keep you informed about the work of the programme and our consultation events.

Join the mailing list

Come to one of our consultation events: where we will tell you more about the activities we are planning and ask for your thoughts and suggestions on how we can make this programme as useful and effective as possible in strengthening services for victims, survivors and non-abusing parents.

For funders / commissioners: 12th July from 2.30 – 3.30pm

For organisations: 13th July from 2.30 – 3.30pm

Join an event

Why get involved?

We know that organisations providing support to victims, survivors and their families face multiple challenges in accessing sustainable funding, keeping up with the demand for support, evidencing the quality and effectiveness of their work, to name just a few. We want this programme to make a difference to organisations providing support for victims, survivors and their families so that they are better resourced, more listened to and more able to meet the demand for support.

In turn, those who fund or commission support services for victims, survivors and their families play a key role in shaping support for people affected by child sexual abuse. By getting involved with this programme, we hope to increase your ability to fund services effectively, through an increased understanding of gaps in provision, access to high-quality evidence about effective practice, and knowledge of the range and complexity of issues that services face.

If you have any questions about the programme, please do not hesitate to contact us at ssvs@csacentre.org.uk.

More information

Find out more for services 

Find out more for policymakers, funders and commissioners