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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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Schools champion scheme

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School Champion Aims:

  • To build a strong capacity in school settings to support survivors of sexual abuse, from disclosure through to recovery.
  • To upskill more people than we could ever reach with our training.
  • To drive policy change so that education settings can better support children/young people, their families and the professionals who educate them.


What the role entails:

  • To raise awareness in schools about how to respond to disclosures.
  • To provide emotional and practical support to survivors of sexual abuse using the skills and knowledge learned from the training in addition to your existing working practice
  • To advocate for survivors of sexual abuse who disclose.
  • To help other professionals in your organisation or team to gain confidence and skills in supporting survivors through providing information and support when requested
  • To work with senior leaders at your school to review the policy in your establishment concerning sexual abuse and maybe make changes, if needed.
  • Be the lead/named contact in your organisation to enable others to turn to you for support and information.


What you get out of it:

  • An opportunity to develop a specialism  and be part of an innovative new initiative in Somerset
  • A key role in changing the lives of children and young people impacted by sexual abuse
  • Support to help you put your training into practice
  • On an ongoing basis as a Survivor of Sexual Abuse Champion (SSAC) you will also get:
    • Priority place at our forums – which happen 3 times a year.
    • Regular information updates 
    • Up to date resources to use in your work as a champion and to cascade to others
    • Opportunities to network with other sexual violence support champions 


Current schools we are working with:

  • North Town Primary - Awarded Bronze
  • Beech Grove Primary - Awarded Bronze
  • Selworthy School
  • Barwick and Stoford Primary
  • Swanmead
  • Taunton Learning Partnership
  • Bucklers Mead Academy
  • Wellspings Primary
  • Nerrols Primary

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