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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 Children and Young People

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:

  • Specialist Support Work 
  • Counselling
  • Indirect support is where the professional working along the child delievers the supportive pre-written work plan with all resources included
  • Training for a key professional
  • Therapeutic parental home support


The Somerset Phoenix Project is a joint project between Barnardo’s and SARSAS (Somerset & Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support).


1:1 Specialist Support 

Specialist Support Worker can offer ample amount of sessions to help children and young people understand what has happen and start to come to terms with this. The sessions will be in 8 week blocks and be reviewed to see what needs to be done next. The workers are highly 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 make changes so that life becomes easier. They can help them understand why they 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. Specialist support is usually delivered in the school/college day and is lead by the child/YP. If they like to be creative we deliver the support in a creative way. They can also walk and talk, create bird boxes, go for drives in the car etc we deliver the work through the most comfortable way for them.



Counselling provides a safe, non-judgemental space in which the child/YP can talk to a trained, experienced trauma counsellor about their 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.


Barnardo's is a charity (216250 / SC037605) and a company limited by guarantee.
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