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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

The Somerset Phoenix Team offer support specifically for parent/carers whose children are survivors of any type of sexual abuse. There is lots on offer to support you with the issues affecting you, your child and the rest of the family.

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Training is BACK
18 Aug 2020

Training is BACK

Anonymous parent/carer email support

One of our options available is the Somerset Phoenix anonymous email service for parents/carers whose child/young person has experienced sexual abuse. The email service hopes to offer, a safe supportive space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings regarding the impact of trauma on you and your family.

Bookable drop in service 


Book in - One off slot  

This is a one off slot for those parents/carers wishing to access information on the impact of trauma and the effects on their wellbeing. After coming to this slot, sometimes the parent/carer may then be referred (of course this is their choice) to our other services or signposted to other organisations. 

Book in - Drop in service

Three times a month, term time only, there will be a drop in service held at different locations or over the phone. This is an opportunity for those parent/carers that have referred, or been referred, to this part of the service, to book a time for an individual therapeutic supportive slot with our counsellor. Parent/carer’s will be listened too and supported and may wish to talk through such subjects as, looking after themselves, parenting experiences and help with signposting and further information. The drop in, is an, as and when needed service and is not sessional counselling. 

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Adult counselling

We offer 24 sessions term time only of individual counselling for those parent/carer’s that are ready for a therapeutic journey, the sessions are safe, parent led and may enable some of the emotional and parenting complexities that a parent/carer maybe experiencing to be thought about. 

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Therapeutic Parenting Support

Therapeutic parenting is different to other parenting support that other organisations may offer. It is a series of up to 6 sessions with a trained specialist support worker. They will work alongside you at your pace in a place that is comfortable for you to meet. 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 with the abuser, the grooming process, and ways to support your child and you going forward.

Peer Support Group 

The Somerset Phoenix Team offer a peer support group called the New Beginnings Group.  The group is designed for parents / carers to give them a better understanding of the effects that sexual abuse can have on children.  The content of the group will cover topics such as the science of emotions and how emotions impact on behaviour, how the brain functions and how brain pathways impacted by negative experiences have the potential to be repaired.  

It will also introduce research based techniques and strategies that a parent can use to support their children and build a more positive future together.

Another large and significant part of the course will also be thinking about the importance of taking care of themselves as a parent and as a person and why this should be a priority.

The course is run over a series of weeks and each session is two and a half hours long.  It is important that attendees can attend all sessions, baring illness and unforeseen circumstances, due to the content being covered and building upon previous learning.

Two Specialist Support Workers will facilitate the group.  Due to the nature and content the group will be kept small.  If more people express an interest than available places then their name will be put on a waiting list. In case anyone is no longer able to attend their names will be put forward for the next group.

We realise that attending a group can be an anxious experience so a drop in session will be organised prior to the group starting.  This will give parents / carers a chance to:

  • meet the facilitators,
  • meet other attendees,
  • ask questions about the course and
  • find the venue and work out parking. 

By meeting the facilitators and seeing the venue beforehand we hope that it may help to reduce any anxieties they may have.


For any of the options above please do get in contact using one of the methods below to explore whether you are eligible and what you would like with one of our team.


Phone or text number: 07590 627693


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