Children and Young People’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ChISVA) – Information for Parents and Professionals

A ChISVA is an independent worker who can provide practical and emotional support to children and young people aged 5 to 17 years, who have experienced rape, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation at any time during their life. The ChISVA service can also provide to support to individuals aged 18 to 25 years who have additional needs.

They provide emotional and practical support and liaise between the police, courts and other agencies, acting as an advocate for the survivor.

The ChISVA is able to:

  • Risk assess and help children and young people keep safe
  • Provide emotional and practical support through the criminal justice system
  • Develop an individual support plan with the young person
  • Liaise with other professionals on the young person’s behalf
  • Support children and young people to access their rights
  • Support  children and young people to access health and other services they may require
  • Monitor and keep children and young people informed of case progress
  • Consider and respond to child safeguarding issues when engaging with all children and young people
  • Raise awareness of healthy and unhealthy relationships, grooming, consent and sexual violence
  • Empower the young person

West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre also has an educational resource called SELFIE, which the ChISVA service deliver in schools across the counties. This resource is designed to enable children and young people to gain knowledge about, and increase their awareness of issues surrounding rape, sexual abuse and/or sexual exploitation. For more information about SELFIE please click here.

For ChISVA referrals and further information about the support services available at West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre please contact the main office on: 01905 611655 or email: