Child Sexual Abuse


The Working Together 2018 definition for sexual abuse is as follows:

'Involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving a high level of violence, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration or non-penetrative acts. They may also include non-contact activities, such as watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse.  Sexual abuse can take place online, and technology can be used to facilitate offline abuse. Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males. Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children.

Beech House Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

Beech House SARC offers a comprehensive service for adults and children in Kent and Medway, who have experienced sexual violence or sexual abuse. You can access Beech House via the police and other professionals, as well as the self-referral pathway (booking an appointment at the SARC, without the police).

You will be offered support and guidance, a medical assessment/treatment, a forensic examination, and the opportunity of aftercare referrals for support services.  These services will be offered based on your individual needs, and you can choose to use as much or as little of the services as you wish.

Visit Beech House SARC website for more information.

To help Kent professionals understand the Kent SARC, Kent County Council (KCC) Integrated Children's Services and Beech House have produced a short video.

View a guide to the Kent Sexual Assault Referral Centre for Professionals video