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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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Support for parents/carers

We can offer support specifically for parents & carers whose children are survivors of any type of sexual abuse. 


One off slots with our adult coordinator

We understand that parents & carers may have lots of questions following a disclosure of sexual abuse. We know that some parent & carers aren't ready to manage all of the issues that come with this disclosure.

Our adult coordinator can get in touch and offer an hour's appointment to talk about specific issues and worries that you are facing. Parents & carers will be listened to and supported. They may wish to talk through such subjects as: how to support their child, what it means for the family, parenting a traumatised child, looking after siblings etc. 

The slots are as-and-when-needed service and is not sessional counselling. You are welcome to use this service for a maximum of 4 spaced-out slots. If you find that you need further support we may suggest one of our other services; of course this is your choice if you would like further help. The slots will be done virtually either by telephone.


Adult counselling

We offer up to 16 sessions of individual counselling, term-time only, for those parents/carers that are ready for a therapeutic journey. The sessions are a safe place to explore the complexities and emotional feelings associated with your child's abuse. We go at your pace and are also happy to explore your past and present experiences that feed into where you are at the moment. The sessions run in blocks of 8 weeks with a review to see if further counselling is needed.


Therapeutic Parent/Carer Support

Therapeutic parent/carer support is a series of up to 6 sessions with a trained specialist support worker. The support worker will work alongside you at your pace virtually. It helps you understand how your child or young person’s brain is working, why they react and behave in a way that is different from their peers who aren't survivors of abuse, the ripples and impact of the abuse on them, you and your family. It can look at the relationship your child or young person had or still wants to have with the abuser, the grooming process, and ways to support your child and yourself in moving forwards.

You can have therapeutic home support alongside one of the options listed above e.g. counselling or drop-in.


Requesting Support

To request parent support please head to our Request Support page. On there you can read our service criteria and download the most appropriate form to fill in and email to us. 


If you need immediate safeguarding or signposting, please see the following links below.

Safeguarding and Emergency Information Download 

Mental Health Crisis Information Download


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