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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

Being a parent/carer is tough enough as it is without added issues. When you find out your child has been sexually abused, in whatever way, 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. We have tried to develop our support based on feedback from other parent/carers, who we have already supported.


Typical responses from parent/carers are;

What do I say or NOT say to help my child?

Why did this happen - could I have done anything differently?

What will the future hold for my child?

Why is my child behaving in this way?

How does this experience affect my child?

How does this affect me and other people in our family?

What happens after my child discloses what has happened to them?



Navigate through the support to find out the answers to all these and more.


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