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Children: Abuse

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish guidelines on therapeutic and preventative interventions to be made available for children who have (a) been abused and (b) abused others. (163158)

[holding answer 12 November 2007]: The joint Department of Health and National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) Victims of Violence and Abuse Prevention programme (Vrapp) are developing National Service Guidelines on therapeutic and preventive interventions for—child victims of domestic violence;

child victims of sexual abuse; and

children who have been exploited through prostitution pornography and trafficking.

The Vrapp National Service Guidelines will also include therapeutic and preventive interventions for:

young people who sexually abuse; and

young people who are perpetrators of domestic violence.

These guidelines are based on research that has been conducted and reviewed by the Vrapp programme and will be published by April 2008.