The Scottish Government is developing Scotland's first clinical care pathway for children who have experienced sexual abuse. For this purpose, a new consultation is seeking views on how to ensure the best care and support provided to survivors of child sexual abuse.
The pathway aims to empower healthcare professionals with all the necessary guidance and resources to support children and young individuals who have disclosed sexual abuse, as well as their carers. It will outline the course of action the children will take through the healthcare service, and the expectations in terms of standard of care, information and support to be received.
The pathway will be applicable to individuals aged
Jeane Freeman, the Scottish Health Secretary said: "By establishing a national clinical pathway we can make sure that healthcare professionals have the guidance and information they need to make sure that every single child is properly cared for."