Caring for Child Survivors of Sexual Abuse. Guidelines for health and psychosocial service providers in humanitarian settings

Posted by Maria Codina on March 27, 2018 at 12:26 pm



The International Rescue Committee (IRC), in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have dedicated resources toward developing a program model of care1 and guidelines for implementing the model of care for child survivors of sexual abuse across humanitarian settings. The purpose of developing these resources is to provide guidance on how to:

  • Build the capacity of health and psychosocial service providers on the foundational (or “core”) knowledge, attitudes and skills to work with child survivors of sexual abuse.
  • Adapt case management for child survivors.
  • Implement targeted psychosocial interventions.
  • Improve coordinated care across multiple sectors and service providers. Monitor the quality of service provision.

The Caring for Child Survivors (CCS) Resource Package is based on global research on child sexual abuse and evidence from eld practice. The CCS Resource Package brings a much- needed comprehensive and practical approach to helping child survivors and their families recover and heal from the impacts of sexual abuse. The three main components are:

  • Literature Review: An in-depth literature review of available evidence and promising practice to improve case management, psychosocial care, and clinical care for child survivors of sexual abuse.2
  • CCS program model: The logical model or “theory of change” that outlines the service delivery components necessary to help children recover and heal from sexual abuse.
  • CCS guidelines: The CCS Guidelines (this document) provide step-by-step guidance on how to implement the main aspects of the CCS Program Model. The CCS Guidelines is the “how-to” guide for instructing health and psychosocial eld staff responding to children who have experienced sexual abuse. The CCS Guidelines include multiple tools for monitoring and evaluating the program model, such as: knowledge and skills competency assessments and case management monitoring and evaluation tools.

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