Welcome to the Barnardo’s Lighthouse/Skylight Service
The Lighthouse/Skylight Service is a specialist service designed to support the Edinburgh and West Lothian communities to address issues associated with young people and sexual abuse. The merger of the two services has allowed us to approach this important issue from a place that recognizes the needs of children/young people who have been sexually abused, young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviours, as well as the family and professional networks that strive to support them.
We welcome you to this site where you can learn more about the services we provide and the approach we take to help children, young people and their families on the path to healthy and safe futures.
Skylight is a specialist service that aims to alleviate the impact of sexual abuse on children and young people in Edinburgh and West Lothian.
We take a child centred approach to our work, offering children and young people as much control and choice as possible in the provision of the service. We believe that children and young people should have a safe and comfortable space for their therapeutic work and endeavour to create an environment that responds to each child's needs. We offer children and young people a range of options for the work including art, play, talking, and others. When appropriate and possible, Skylight also works closely with families and carers of children and young people, as well as other professionals, to help them support and encourage child's work.
Lighthouse is a specialist service for children and young people in Edinburgh and West Lothian who have, or who are alleged to have, engaged in sexually harmful or concerning behaviour.
Our approach is holistic, systemic, and developmental. We build upon a young person’s strengths while also directly addressing their harmful behaviours. We recognize that many young people’s sexual behaviour may be compounded by difficulties such as trauma histories, learning difficulties, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and attachment problems and our work is tailored to meet the individual needs of each young person. Lighthouse works closely with families and carers of children and young people, as well as other professionals, to help them support the work of their young people.
The Lighthouse project believes that young people who display sexually harmful behaviour have the capacity to change and develop and to have safe and successful futures. We believe that they should be offered help to understand and manage their behaviours and should be offered an opportunity to understand age appropriate and legal relationships that are based on mutual consent.