How is a CHISVA different to a Children’s Therapist?
May 18, 2020
Children and young people can get support from both a Children’s Therapist and a CHISVA. They both offer valuable support for children, but in different ways. This is a guide to explain those differences so you can make sure you and/or your child is getting the most out of the support.
How does it work?
Qualified therapists offer face-to-face support to anyone under the age of 18 who has been affected by sexual violence. These are structured weekly appointments for a fixed period of time, on the same day and time as agreed at the first meeting.
ChISVAs offer face to face support for anyone under 18, but also over the telephone and via email. It’s typically offered on a regular monthly basis but can be tailored to meet your personal needs. The support is for the duration of the police investigation. For younger children, the CHISVA may support the parent more rather than the child.
Where will it be?
It will either be held at an SV2 venue or the venue that the therapist is working from.
ChISVAs can meet with you: in school, a GP surgery, a local Children’s Centre and SV2 venues.
How is the support different?
Therapy gives you time to explore emotions and thoughts on a deeper level.
CHISVA’s offer emotional support around issues you might have in school, at home, and many other areas that have been affected by your experiences. They also offer practical advice and information relating to the police investigation or if you are thinking about reporting.
What will I/my child get from it?
Therapy is about finding ways to express your feelings. That might be though drawing, painting, writing, play, whilst talking about your worries and concerns.
CHISVAs aim to equip you with the relevant support and information to enable you to attend court and give evidence. Thay can also go with you to appointments/meetings prior to attending court that relate to the sexual violence you have experienced.
How will it help?
Therapy can help you build resilience, self-confidence and self-esteem.
CHISVAs look to build a trusting and supportive relationship with you, so you will feel able to attend court. They can also refer clients on for additional support if needed.