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Children and Young People

We provide support for children and young people up to the age of 17 years old who have been affected by sexual abuse. Sexual abuse of a child, either by an adult or, sometimes, by an older child, involves an abuse of power and of trust. It can happen to anyone and – boys and girls and if you are being sexual abused, remember it is not your fault and help is out there for you.

What do we mean by Childhood Sexual Abuse?

Childhood sexual abuse can involve different touching and non-touching activities it can include things like: –

  • Making you watch things of a sexual nature
  • Touching your private parts for sexual pleasure
  • Making you touch someone else’s private parts or making you play sexual games
  • Taking photographs of you naked
  • Showing you adult genitals

Not all forms of child abuse take place in person and sometimes the abuse can take place on-line.  If you are unsure what you are experiencing is sexual abuse you can contact us to talk through your concerns. If you are worried that you may be or have been sexually abused, we can offer you support.  

Children and Young Person’s ISVA Service

Our ISVAs are specially trained to support you and will make sure that your voice is heard and that you are listened to. They can help you to understand your choices.

We understand that it can be hard to talk about things that have hurt or upset you and you might not know what to say. You can take as much time as you need to talk and we will support you as much as we can to do this. We will never ask you to talk about anything that you don’t want to.

An ISVA can support you by:

  • Making sure your views, opinions, wishes and needs are understood, respected, listened to and met by all the agencies supporting you.
  • Answer any question, worries or concern you might have which relates to the sexual abuse you’ve experienced.
  • Giving you information and support around the criminal justice system
  • Offer someone to talk to and practical help if you have already reported to ensure you understand and receive your legal rights for example, special measures in court, such as a screen to talk behind or a live link in another building to make things less scary
  • Speak to the people who are supporting you, your partner, family and friends, so that they can do this in the best way possible.
  • Talking to school or college for you
  • Arranging appointments, referring you, or possibly going with you, to other support services.
  • Informing you of other options you might have so that you can choose the options that are right for you.

The service is private and confidential, which means that what you say stays between you and ARCH. The only time we would say something is if we think that you or someone else is in danger of being seriously hurt or your life, or someone else’s life, is in danger.

If you want to talk to us about getting support from the ISVA service, you can call us on 01642 822331. You might need the support of a trusted adult to be able to access some of our services.

If you’re a parent, carer or professional who wants to refer a child to one of our specialist services, please visit our online referral page.  

Children and Young Person’s Counselling Service

Counselling gives you the opportunity to explore your feelings within a comfortable, and safe environment. Helping you to understand and manage your own feelings or emotions.

You will not be judged or offered advice by the counsellor, but they will work with you to find ways of coping and help you to make sense of what has happened. The service works with young people aged 14 years and over from our Middlesbrough base.

We now also offer trained play therapists for children and young people aged 13 years and under encouraging children to express, through non-directive play or artwork. Delivered on an outreach basis this service is currently available through our ISVA team.


Quality Standards

Rape Crisis England and Wales (RCEW) is the National Umbrella organisation for specialist rape crisis centres. The National Service Standards (NSS) are provide a quality assurance framework that enables services to demonstrate how their services are provided within professional frameworks that prioritise safety, governance, empowerment and continuous improvement.

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BACP Accreditation recognises the achievement of high standards of knowledge, experience and development in counselling and psychotherapy.

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