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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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Sibling sexual abuse: Latest research and guidance

08 Mar 21 Sibling sexual abuse: Latest research and guidance

The centre for expertise has recently carried our research into sibling sexual abuse.

The report focuses on supporting practice, providing an accessible resource to help professionals understand the issues and challenges raised by sibling sexual abuse. While sexual abuse involving child siblings is thought to be the most common form of intra-familial child sexual abuse, and is an issue that most protection practitioners will encounter at some stage, understanding and dealing with sibling sexual abuse can present significant challenges to professionals and families.

The report gives confidence that, through the work that professionals do, the therapeutic goal of families healing and moving forward is possible. Applying a more holistic approach, families can make sense of the trauma of sibling sexual abuse to move on in a healthy way and, while the potential impact of such abuse could be lifelong, with the right kinds of help such a catastrophic event can offer the family positive growth and change.

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