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According to experts, 1 in 5 children experience sexual abuse before they are 18. A frightening statistic. We provide specialist support for those under the age of 18 to ensure they receive care which is appropriate and effective.

Our promise to you

You will not shock us or upset us. There is nothing too big or too small to tell us. You are in control of the conversation and you only have to say what you feel comfortable with.

If you use our telephone or text helplines, you don’t have to tell us who you are (or you can make up a name if that makes you feel safer). If you tell us that you or someone else is being hurt or sexually abused and we have your name, we will get in touch with someone who can protect you from what is happening and help you to find safety.

Our support for younger people can be broken down as follows:

Counselling for under 18s

This is one of the most effective methods of helping younger people to come to terms with their unwanted experience. We are able to provide tailored advice for under 18s, delivered by counsellors with experience of helping younger people deal with such trauma.

Helplines

A face to face conversation with an adult can be extremely scary, especially when opening up about an unwanted experience. Our helplines are available to people of all ages and whatever you say will be dealt with confidentially and discreetly.

Play therapy

Play therapy uses toys and games to help children explore their feelings, express themselves and make sense of their difficult life experiences. It can help them to shift their perspective of the trauma of abuse so that they are less likely to internalise blame.

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