ISVA Child and Young Person

At The Harbour Centre, children and young people can access the services of a specialist support worker called a Child & Young Person Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) who support clients aged 25 & under.

All our ISVA’s are fully trained on the ISVA Development Programme which is an accredited professional course focusing on the core skills and competencies required to work as an ISVA. This training is accredited by awarding body, NCFE. They are also trained in Level 3 safeguarding.

The role of the ISVA is to work specifically with children, young people and their families or carers to make sure they have the best possible tailored advice, information,access to services & support needed and can act as an advocate when dealing with other agencies. They will make sure you are listened to and they can talk to your school, family and other services if you wish so that you are fully supported and feel safe.

Some examples of things a Child & Young Person ISVA can help you with are:

  • Providing emotional and practical support through the criminal justice process when this is needed
  • Creating a support plan for you by listening carefully to your needs and concerns
  • Helping you to access health and other services
  • Attending appointments with you
  • Speaking to professionals on your behalf
  • Finding the right support to suit your individual needs
  • Helping you to be safe and stay safe

The ISVA can see you at home or if you prefer at your school, college or other safe, confidential space. We can also keep in touch by phone, text, email or Teams too.

If you are under 18, we will need to inform the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) that you are being supported by The Harbour Centre. We will always discuss this with you and listen to any concerns you may have which we will take seriously.

The MASH is a group of professionals that work together to look into all reports of abuse involving children and young people. Their aim is to make sure that you are safe and well.

If you are over 13 and decide to report to the police we will explain what to expect and keep you informed the whole time. We will also work with other agencies such as education; health and social care to make sure your needs are met.

ISVA - Child and Young Person Leaflet

ISVA - Child and Young Person Leaflet

The ISVA child and young person leaflet details the role of the ISVA child and young person supporting clients 25 years and under, and available to download in the below different languages:

ISVA Child young person leaflet 2020.pdf
ISVA Child young person leaflet – BANGLA.pdf
ISVA Child young person leaflet – LITHUANIAN.pdf
ISVA Child young person leaflet – POLISH.pdf
ISVA Child young person leaflet – PORTUGUESE.pdf
ISVA Child young person leaflet – TURKISH.pdf