The Somerset Phoenix Project is here to help children and young people who have been sexually abused. We also help the families of those young people and the professionals working with them. The service is for young people living in Somerset.
The project can provide support to young people through:
There is a waiting list for specialist support, counselling and therapeutic parental home support. The average wait is 4-6 months. Do contact the service for an accurate wait for the element of support you are interested in.
The Somerset Phoenix Project is a joint project between Barnardo’s and SARSAS (Somerset & Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support).
Specialist Support Worker can offer up to 24 sessions. The sessions will be in 8 week blocks and be reviewed to see if further support is needed. The workers are trained in working with young people who have experienced trauma and sexual abuse. They can work with children/YP to identify things in their lives that they may be finding difficult and support them to set goals and help them be achieved. They can help them understand why the child/YP feels the way they do and equip them to start to feel differently. They will not ask to discuss the details of the abuse, but if the child/YP wants to talk about it they are trained in responding to this. They can provide support, advice, guidance and understanding.
Counselling provides a safe, non-judgemental space in which the child/YP can talk to a trained, experienced trauma counsellor about your thoughts and feelings.
Counsellors will work with them at their pace and will not advise you on what to do, but support and empower them to find their own answers, in order to help them cope and recover. A counsellor will usually offer 12-24 sessions, for 50 minutes once a week. This could be virtually or face-to-face.
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