We offer therapy to children and young people so they can explore their thoughts, feelings and experiences in a way that works best for them.
This can involve talking, but also creative therapy and play.
This is available to children and young people for both historic and recent events of sexual abuse.
“It is really good and it will help you and it is the BEST!”
Therapy for 0 – 13 years
If the abuse or assault happened recently
Therapy is available for children who have experienced sexual violence recently, but this is only referred to us by the Children and Young People’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). This is based in Nottingham, and you can find out more or get in contact with them here.
Once we receive the referral, a therapist will be in touch with you. If you decide your child would benefit from therapy, they will be able to attend 10 sessions.
If the abuse was in the past
An adult can refer a child for therapy on their behalf. Although the form needs to completed by an adult, the child must be willing to engage in therapy.
You will receive a letter soon after to let you know that the referral has been received. An assessment will be arranged, and following the assessment your child will be added to the waiting list. For current waiting times, please call the advice line and select option 2.
This service offers up to 26 therapy sessions.
Therapy for 14 – 17 years
If you are 14 or over, you can refer to the therapy service yourself by completing the same form as an adult.
This can be for something that happened recently or in the past, and you can receive up to 10 sessions. If you have been to the Children’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) then you don’t need to complete the form as one will have already been done for you.
We encourage you to involve your parents when completing the self-referral, but if for whatever reason you don’t want to then it can be done without them.