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THE CECE YARA CHILD ADVOCACY CENTRE

Where small voices can be heard

The Cece Yara Child Advocacy Centre

The Cece Yara Child Advocacy Centre provides a safe, child-centred, community-oriented, non-threatening, facility-based service in which child-focused community stakeholders work together to achieve the well-being of children and their families traumatised by sexual abuse.

What is a Child Advocacy Centre?

The Cece Yara Child Advocacy Centre is a one-stop centre providing all the needed supports and services to children that are being sexually abused or likely to be abused. The centre, which is the first of its kind in this part of the world, provides a coordinated approach to the investigation, treatment and prosecution of child sexual abuse. We minimise the impact of sexual abuse to the child and the family by providing children who have suffered abuse with legal, medical and specialised psychosocial support at no cost.

Providing a safe environment to make disclosures, stop the abuse and get help.

What makes a Child Advocacy Centre special?

    The Centre reduces the trauma suffered by children by:
  • Reducing the number of times the child has to recount their experience of abuse.
  • Increasing timely access to support and therapeutic resources for children & their families.
  • Providing long-term support & follow-up for children and their family
  • Providing a faster and more streamlined investigation process.

We provide the leading practice in addressing the mental health needs of children who have experienced sexual abuse, while ensuring a co-ordinated investigation and prosecution of cases in a manner which serves the developmental & emotional needs of children.

Our Multi-Disciplinary Team :

Ceceyara's Multi-Disciplinary Team include social workers, therapists, advocates, lawyers, forensic interviewers and volunteers, interface with the Police, Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Youths and Social Development, Mental Health and Medical Professionals and enable a multi-disciplinary approach to attending to cases of child sexual abuse.

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Services provided by the Child Advocacy Centre include:

    Treatment
  • Providing information concerning medical and mental health services, examinations, evaluations;
  • Providing specialised medical evaluation and treatment as part of the Child Advocacy Centre response.
  • Conducting multidisciplinary team case review meetings and provide working space for liaison staff;
  • Providing a consistent, comfortable child-friendly setting for children youth and their families, where they can feel safe and cared for;
  • Providing crisis intervention and emotional support through our Child Advocacy Program, from the disclosure of abuse, throughout the investigation and prosecution of the case.
  • Providing therapy for children. Individual, group, and play therapy are offered. Teens and their care-givers may participate in the Survivors support group.
    • Investigation & Prosecution
    • Our Multi-Disciplinary team interfaces with the Police, Ministry of Justice, etc.to attend to all cases of child sexual abuse
    • Assisting in the investigations of sexual abuse cases by carrying out neutral, fact finding and coordinated forensic interviews of children and non- offending family members, by trained professionals in a child-friendly non-threatening environment, where disclosure of abuse is made to the helpline or at the Centre;
    • Ensuring that thorough police investigations are carried out, and successful prosecutions are achieved;
    • Limiting the number of times each child is interviewed;
    • Limiting the children’s need to travel to various investigative and child protective agencies;
    • Being the advocate for the child and family throughout the process;
    • Providing children and families with all necessary support to achieve successful outcomes;
      Prevention Education & Resources
    • Providing community resources to communities, and church groups about the services, along with information and statistics about child abuse. Providing Adult prrvention programs;
    • Providing age-appropriate prevention education programs to children. Providing a resource library - books, tapes, and other materials to be available for children and their families. In addition, a professional resource selection is provided for those working on child abuse cases.
    • Providing professional continuing education for all professionals working in child abuse. Carrying out annual major child abuse campaigns to make the community aware of the magnitude of the problem in our region.

RESOURCES

We have child friendly, culturally sensitive and developmental appropraite information that can help adults to be there for children.

How To Avoid One-On-One Situations.

Eliminate or reduce isolated, one-on-one situations so as to decrease risk of child sexual abuse.

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Why Children Are Afraid To Tell

Most child victims never report sexual abuse.Many abusers tell children the abuse is a game.

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3 Steps To Dealing With Reported Abuse.

Our three steps guild provides three steps for dealing with disclosure of abuse

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Help for children and young people Call Child helpline on 08008008001

Help for adults concerned about a child Call us on 07007007001

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2A, Akin Ogunmade-Davies close, Gbagada phase II estate,
Gbagada, Lagos

info@ceceyara.org
0908 569 2612

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