internal header
Hide Show Page

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

Get in Touch

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.

Latest News

Silver Award
16 Jun 2022

Silver Award

Bookable slots with our adult coordinator

We understand that parents/carers may have lots of questions following a disclosure of sexual abuse. At Phoenix we know that some parent/carers only want/aren't ready to manage all of the issues that come with this disclosure. Our adult coordinator can get in touch and offer an hours appointment to talk about specific issues/worries that you are facing. Parent/carer’s will be listened too and supported and may wish to talk through such subjects as, how to support their child, what does it mean for our family, parenting a traumatised child, looking after siblings etc. The drop in, is an, as and when needed service and is not sessional counselling. You are welcome to use this service for a maximum of 4 spaced out slots. If you find that you need further support we may suggest one of our other services, of course this is your choice if you would like further help. The slots will be done virtually either by telephone or using virtual software (we will help you get set up for this if needed). 

To use this service follow this link

Adult counselling

We offer up to 16 sessions of individual counselling, term time only, for those parent/carer’s that are ready for a therapeutic journey. The sessions are a safe place to explore the complexities and emotional feelings associated with your child's abuse. We go at your pace and are also happy to explore your past and present experiences that feed into where you are at the moment. The sessions run in blocks of 8 weeks with a review to see if further counselling is needed.

Get support by following this link


Please note that the anonymous email support is no longer available.


Therapeutic Parent/Carer Home Support

Therapeutic parent/carer home support is a series of up to 6 sessions with a trained specialist support worker. The support worker will work alongside you at your pace virtually. 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.

Request therapeutic parent/carer home support  by following this link

You can have therapeutic home support alongside one of the options listed above e.g. counselling, drop-in or email support.

If for any of the options listed above you need immediate safeguarding or signposting please see the following links below.


Safeguarding and Emergency Information Download 


Mental Health Crisis Information Download


Barnardo's is a charity (216250 / SC037605) and a company limited by guarantee.
(61625 England - see the governing document). Registered office: Tanners Lane, Barkingside, Ilford, Essex IG6 1QG | VAT number 507477337