A conference looking at delayed disclosures of child sexual abuse is being held in Ipswich on 19 January.
The one-day conference at The Hold in Fore Street will also see the launch of a report into the delayed disclosures which will also explore issues, impacts and solutions.
This is the third conference jointly hosted by Suffolk charity Survivors in Transition and the University of Suffolk and will specifically focus on the costs of delayed disclosures of child sexual abuse on the NHS in England and Wales.
Fiona Ellis, Co Founder and CEO at Survivors in Transition said: “This is such an important piece of work, which follows on from our previous research reports undertaken in 2015 and 2018 in partnership with the University of Suffolk.
“The costs of delayed disclosure and ultimately effective, specialist support for survivors of child sexual abuse to the NHS in particular is staggering, and despite being anecdotally known for years we hope this new research and report will shine a more proactive light on how we plan to address and improve service provision for survivors of sexual abuse going forward, as well as the critical role specialist VCSE providers like ourselves have to play.”
Dr Olumide Adisa, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Social Justice and Crime at the University of Suffolk said: “Child sexual abuse victims often suffer long-term psychological and emotional damage that have ripple effects on their ability to lead normal lives into adulthood.
“There is no price for the human suffering and pain experienced by child sexual abuse victims, however knowing the costs to the NHS can help make a strong case for supporting early disclosures and cost-effective support.
“This study confirms our suspicions that the health - related costs are significantly high."
The conference runs from 10am to 3.30pm with arrival from 9.30am for networking.
Tickets are £25 available here Denial, Disbelief & Delays: Examining the costs of delayed CSA disclosures Tickets, Thu 19 Jan 2023 at 09:30 | Eventbrite
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