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Somerset Phoenix Project

Working alongside professionals and supporting children, young people and families affected by sexual abuse.

A specialist service supporting the development of professionals in Somerset. We are here to reduce the negative impact of child sexual abuse (CSA) on the lives of children and families living in Somerset

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1:1 support

We have lots of different ways of supporting you and your family to recover from your experiences. You will be asked what support you want and we try our best to offer this, however at times we might decide on a different offer of support; we will explain why this has been chosen over your preferred choice. Below explains the forms of support we offer:-


What does professional consultation work look like?

You might already have someone you like, trust and get on with well in your life. This might be someone at school/college or a professional working for a service that you already work with. We can support them through a series of meetings to deliver the recovery work to you. The advantages to this is are:

You don't have to meet someone new and tell your story again

You already trust them and meet them regularly and it saves you having to build a relationship with someone from the Phoenix team

The work can start instantly rather than having to wait for one of our team to work with you.


What does direct specialist trauma recovery work look like?

A specialist trauma recovery practitioner can work with you for a long period of time. Everyone's support has a different length. We are trained in working with young people who have experienced trauma and sexual abuse. The sessions can be creative and/or playful and you can decide what sort of activities you do.  There is no pressure to talk about painful experiences but you can talk to us about your abuse if you want to. Whatever you talk about, we will listen, believe you and never judge you. We can help you understand why you might be feeling and behaving differently and help you begin to feel like the 'old' you.

We can work with you to identify things in your life you may be finding difficult - for example, issues in school, problems with family members etc. We will support you to make any changes that you may want to make and help you achieve them.

All of the support is either done during school/college time,  or if you don't want to (or are not in education), we can arrange to meet you somewhere else.


What does counselling look like?

Individual counselling provides a safe, non-judgemental space in which you can talk to a trained, experienced trauma counsellor about your thoughts and feelings. Sessions are usually weekly and are either done using virtual secure software or at a private counselling space around Somerset at the same time and place every week.

Counsellors will work with you at your own pace and will not advise you on what to do, but support and empower you to find your own answers, in order to help you cope and recover.

A counsellor will usually offer 12-24 sessions, for 50 minutes once a week


Do people need to know I am getting support from the Somerset Phoenix Project?

Not if you don’t want them to. If you are receiving support from a Specialist Support Worker and they visit you at school, they will be wearing their own clothes and no uniform. They will not be wearing a badge that identifies them as being from the Somerset Phoenix Project and they will say they are "from Barnardo’s". If you have more questions about confidentiality then we can answer those for you when we discuss the best way to support you.


How do I get support from the Somerset Phoenix Project?

You can request support from the Phoenix Project by filling out this form (linked), or ask a parent to do it for you (click here), or a professional working with you like your teacher, social worker, support worker, school counsellor, etc (click here).


What happens if I change my mind?

You can change your mind about receiving support at any point; we just ask that you let us know. You can also change your mind and ask for support again sometime in the future. Again you just need to contact us and let us know what you want.


Will you talk to anyone else about what I share with you?

In your assessment we will talk to you about confidentiality and answer any questions you may have. We will ask you who you are comfortable with us talking to and sharing information with. If you share with us some new information which makes us feel that you or someone else is going to come to harm in some way, we may need to share this in order to protect you from further harm. We will explain this to you at the time and talk to you about what is happening and take your views into consideration. 

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