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Abuse

Being mistreated or abused (sometimes called ‘Significant Harm') is defined as Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse, Neglect or Emotional Abuse.

Information in this section has been sourced through the Hounslow Safeguarding children board and  other national organisations such as the NSPCC

Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse
An example of sexual abuse would be where a child has been forced to take part in sexual activities or in the taking of rude photos.

There is help, advice and support available to people with concerns about child sexual abuse.

Local support groups and organisations in and around Hounslow

The links below are some of the national organisations and agencies you can contact for information or support.

Stop it Now! UK and Ireland
www.stopitnow.org.uk  
Helpline - 0808 1000 900
Email help@stopitnow.org.uk
A useful website for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse. It operates a confidential Freephone helpline for any adult with concerns including those worried about the sexual behaviour or another adult towards children, their own thoughts or behaviour towards children and those concerned about the worrying sexual behaviour of a child or young person

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
www.ceop.police.uk
The CEOP Centre is the UK's national police agency set up to tackle child sexual abuse. If you are worried about someone's behaviour towards a child, online or offline, you can report this on their website. You can also get help, advice and support on all issues related to internet safety for young people.

Childline
www.childline.org.uk
0800 1111
Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online. You can also send ChildLine an email or post on the message boards.

NSPCC Helpline
www.nspcc.org.uk
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline - 0808 800 5000
The NSPCC is a UK charity dedicated to stopping child abuse. You can call their child protection helpline or contact them via email at help@nspcc.org.uk.

Victim Support
www.victimsupport.org.uk  
Supportline: 0845 30 30 900
Victim Support is the national charity for victims of crime in England and Wales.

Barnardo's
www.barnardos.org.uk  
A children’s charity working to improve the lives of children. Barnardo’s works to protect sexually exploited and abused children

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation
www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk 
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation (LFF) is the only UK-wide child protection charity committed solely to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused. LFF’s staff work with all those affected by abuse including adult male and female sexual abusers; young people with inappropriate sexual behaviours; victims of abuse and other family members.

MOSAC (Mothers of Sexually Abused Children)
www.mosac.org.uk
MOSAC is a voluntary organisation supporting all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused. They provide advocacy, advice and information, befriending, counselling, play therapy and support groups following alleged child sexual abuse. Visit their website or call their national helpline on 0800 980 1958. 

The Home Office Disclosure Scheme
www.gov.uk/police-check-someone-involved-with-child

Keeping children safe: your right to ask for a police check
If you are worried about someone in your child’s life, you can get them checked by the police to see if they have a record of child sexual offences. Find out what you need to do to get someone checked.

NAPAC
www.napac.org.uk/
NAPAC is the National Association for People Abused in Childhood. It is a registered charity providing support and information for people abused in childhood. 

SURVIVORS UK 
www.survivorsuk.org/
Survivors UK provides information, support and counselling for men who have been raped or sexually abused. Thousands of men contact them each year.

The Internet Watch Foundation
You can report child sexual abuse images hosted anywhere in the world, criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK and non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK, to the Internet Watch Foundation at www.iwf.org.uk

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
www.bacp.co.uk
Provides a list of counsellors and psychotherapists and professional bodies offering therapy.

Physical Abuse

Physical Abuse
When an adult deliberately hurts a child, such as hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, drowning, or suffocating.

There is help, advice and support available to people with concerns about child Physical abuse.

Local support groups and organisations in and around Hounslow

The links below are some of the national organisations and agencies you can contact for information or support

The NSPCC - Provides information on signs, effects and advice on how to keep children safe from physical abuse. They also have a helpline to discuss your worries even if you are not sure if it is physical abuse.

www.nspcc.org.uk/physical-abuse

NSPCC Helpline 0800 800 5000

Childline - On their site you can read Pete’s Story where Pete talks about his experience of physical abuse and how it affected him. There is also a section on how to ask an adult for help. You can call, chat online or email Childline. 

www.childline.org.uk

0800 1111

Young Minds - Provides information on what abuse is, why you should get help and where to find it.

Youngminds.org.uk

The Hideout - Provides a space to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse and what to do if it is happening to them. 

Thehideout.org.uk

Neglect

Neglect
Where a child is not being looked after properly, for example, not getting enough to eat or being left alone in dangerous situations.

There is help, advice and support available to people with concerns about neglect.

Local support groups and organisations in and around Hounslow

The links below are some of the national organisations and agencies you can contact for information or support.

Action for Children

www.actionforchildren.org.uk

Giving children and young people the practical and emotional support they need to help them thrive and build the skills they need for adulthood. They work with and support young carers across the UK. They support teenage mothers in vulnerable and difficult situations. Tackling Child Abuse and Neglect | Action for Children

 NSPCC

www.nspcc.org.uk/child-abuse-and-neglect/neglect/

The NSPCC talks about what neglect is, types, signs, symptoms and effects, and looks at preventing and keeping children safe from neglect. Sophie’s story shows how the NSPCC helped her realise her parents neglect was not her fault.

0808 800 5000

Emotional Abuse

Emotional Abuse
This would happen, for instance, when a child is being unfairly blamed for everything all the time, intimidated and threatened, constantly criticised or told they are stupid and made to feel unhappy.

There is help, advice and support available for people with concerns about emotional abuse to a child

Local support groups and organisations in and around Hounslow

The links below are some of the national organisations and agencies you can contact for information or support

The NSPCC - Provides information on signs, effects and advice on how to keep children safe from emotional abuse. They also have a helpline to discuss your worries even if you are not sure if it is emotional abuse.

www.nspcc.org.uk/emotional abuse

NSPCC Helpline 0800 800 5000

Childline - Words can hurt:emotional abuse  

www.childline.org.uk

0800 1111

Young Minds - Provides information on what abuse is, why you should get help and where to find it.

Youngminds.org.uk

Exiting Prostitution

Exiting Prostitution Service offers and provides specialist support to those of all ages who live or are involved in prostitution in Hounslow. The service is open to those who have been trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation or who are at risk of becoming involved in prostitution. Safety plans and step-by-step exit strategy support packages will also be developed. Those wishing to remain in prostitution will be provided with safety advice.

For advice or to discuss referrals contact the Exiting Prostitution Advocate on 0208 583 6140/ 07970 117 181 or email Jackie.jones@hounslow.gov.uk

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence
When one adult in a family or relationship threatens bullies or hurts another adult e.g. physically, psychologically, emotionally, sexually or financially.

Domestic violence can come in many forms. It is rarely a one off incident and it is not only about being physically or sexually abused. You may be subject to more subtle attacks, such as constant breaking of trust, isolation, psychological games and harassment. Emotional abuse is just as serious and damaging; many survivors will carry the emotional scars long after any physical injuries have healed.

Being assaulted or being forced or threatened to do something against your will by your partner, ex-partner, or a family member, is as much a crime as being assaulted by a stranger.

Anyone can experience domestic violence regardless of gender, race, ethnic or religious group, class, disability or lifestyle. It can take place in heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender relationships.

Some people who experience domestic violence may feel afraid or ashamed to tell someone what’s happening. It is important to remember that domestic violence is not your fault. Always call 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger.

Hounslow Domestic and Sexual Violence Outreach The service provides telephone or face to face support, advice and advocacy to all victims of domestic and sexual violence that reside in the London Borough of Hounslow. Staff are specifically trained and DBS checked and are dedicated to help those at risk to escape violence and abuse.

If you are or have experienced domestic or sexual violence contact the service for assistance with safeguarding , access to national refuges, security for your property, support through the Criminal Justice System  and other issues relating to incidences of domestic and sexual violence.

Call 0208 247 6163 (Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm)

Hounslow VAWG One Stop Shop

The One Stop Shop provides access to a variety of services to support victims of gender based violence.

Trained staff from many services , such as, family law and immigration solicitors, Independent Domestic and Sexual Violence Advisors, representatives from housing, drug and alcohol support workers, representatives from Refuge and other domestic abuse services are available to assist those experiencing domestic violence, sexual violence, forced marriage, honour-based violence, female genital mutilation, prostitution, human trafficking for sexual exploitation and stalking.

The VAWG One Stop Shop, Route 36, 36 Bath Road, Hounslow, TW3 3EB

Every Wednesday 10am to 12 noon.

For further advice call: 0208 247 6163 or 07810 031780

The service is funded by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and facilitated by the Council’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Outreach Service.

24-hour Freephone National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 for 24/7 confidential support and information Website: National Domestic Violence website

Other advice and support can be sort through

Local Support groups and organisations in and around Hounslow

The links below are some of the national organisations and agencies you can contact for information or support.

GALOP.ORG.UK

Emotional and practical support for LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse.

Supportline: 0800 999 5428

Email: help@galop.org.uk 

www.galop.org.uk/domesticabuse

Rights of Women

A women’s charity working in a number of ways to help women through the law. Service aimed at providing women with the legal advice and information they need to understand and use the law and their legal rights.

For women in London call: 020 7608 1137

rightsofwomen.org.uk

Victim Support

An independent charity, that help people feel safer and find the strength to move beyond crime. Their support is free, confidential and tailored to your needs.

Supportline: 0808 1689 111

www.victimsupport.org.uk

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) also known as female circumcision, cutting or Sunna. is the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It ranges from pricking or cauterizing the genital area, through partial or total removal of the clitoris, cutting the lips (the labia) and narrowing the vaginal opening. Even partial removal or 'nipping' can risk serious health problems for girls and women.

Religious, social or cultural reasons are sometimes given for FGM. However, FGM is dangerous and a criminal offence.

Who is at risk?

FGM is most commonly carried out when a girl is 5-8 years old. However it can happen at any age before a girl or woman is married or pregnant. Some girls are babies when FGM is carried out.

In the UK, girls from the Somali, Kenyan, Sudanese, Sierra Leonean, Egyptian, Nigerian, Eritrean, Yemeni, Kurdish and Indonesian communities are most at risk of FGM.

Dangerous and unnecessary

There are no medical reasons to carry out FGM. It doesn't enhance fertility and it doesn't make childbirth safer. It is used to control female sexuality and can cause severe and long-lasting damage to physical and emotional health.

FGM is illegal in the UK. In 2003 it also became a criminal offence for UK nationals or permanent UK residents to take their child abroad to have FGM. The maximum sentence for carrying out FGM or helping it to take place is 14 years in prison.

Local Support groups and organisations in and around Hounslow

The links below are some of the national organisations and agencies you can contact for information or support

NSPCC
NSPCC - FGM at a Glance  and NSPCC - Services and Resources  or contact the NSPCC FGM helpline anonymously on 0800 028 3550 Trained counsellors are available 24/7 for anyone who needs advice, information or support about FGM

Gov.uk FGM Gov.uk Female Genital mutilation help and advice

Forward Forward - For Young People A charity who work to ensure the safety, well-being and dignity of women and girls. They particularly work with women and girls from the African diaspora community (which means girls who have African heritage but who don’t live in Africa), but everybody is welcome.

Forced Marriage

You have the right to choose who you marry, when you marry or if you marry at all.

Forced marriage is illegal in England and Wales. Forcing someone to marry can result in a sentence of up to 7 years in prison.

You can ask the court for a forced marriage protection order. Each order is unique, and is designed to protect you according to your individual circumstances.

Contact the Forced marriage Unit if you think you’re or someone you know is about to be taken abroad to get married against your will.

Contact the nearest British embassy if you’re already abroad.

Support

Freedom Charity have produced a smartphone app designed to provide information about forced marriage with links to where potential victims can get help. The free app, which has been part-funded by the Forced Marriage Unit, is available to download on iPhone here

Read the handbook about being a survivor of forced marriage. It has details of organisations that can give you help and advice.

More detailed information and advice can be found at Forced marriage - GOV.UK

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