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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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For Parents and Carers

When you find out your child has been sexually abused there are lots of thoughts and feelings you might have.

The Somerset Phoenix Project is here to support you in any way possible. We have lots of different types of support and it has been based on feedback from other parent & carers we have already supported.


Direct support for parents & carers

Request support for yourself as the parent or carer, with our adult counsellor or specialist support workers.


Why is my child behaving in this way?

Understanding why your child may be acting differently.


Why did this happen?

Answering how perpetrators groom you and your children.


What to say and do

Advice on how to communicate with your children who have been abused.


Effects on the rest of the family

How this might affect friends, relatives and those closest to you.


The ripples of sexual abuse

How you may be feeling as a parent or carer.


Going to court

Some downloadable guides to help parents, children and young people who are attending court.


Parents Guide

Our own guide for parents and carers with detailed advice and support.



Some answers to regular questions from parents.



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