The Child Assessment Unit sees South Yorkshires most vulnerable children aged 16 years and under with recent (acute) and historic sexual abuse. The unit also facilitates assessment of child abuse and neglect.This service has been available since 2013 and is an impartial place for medical professionals, South Yorkshire police and social services to help young people at what can be a life changing part of their life.
The department’s physical environment and size is no longer fit for purpose. Relocating will result in significantly improved facilities, providing additional clinical space. Currently if a child protection clinic is running and the clinical space is being used, we have to delay a sexual assault referral and cannot see that child until space becomes available.Increased clinical space, including an additional consultancy room and examination room will mean our most vulnerable children will not need to wait.