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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– boys and girls, and if you are being sexually abused, remember it is not your fault and help is out there for you.

What do we mean by Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA)?

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 and listened too. We can help ensure they are met by all the agencies supporting you.
  • Answer any question, worry or concern you might have which relates to the sexual abuse you’ve experienced.
  • Giving you information and support around the criminal justice system (Police investigation, court, etc).
  • 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 video 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, if you want us too.
  • 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 to do what is 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 form.

Children and Young Person Counselling Service

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

Age 14+

Our counselling service works with young people aged 14 years and over from our Middlesbrough base. To find out more about this service and how to access, please visit our Counselling page.

Age 13 and under

ARCH also offers trained play therapists for children and young people aged 13 years and under, encouraging children to express through non-directive play or artwork. This service is delivered on an outreach basis across Teesside. This service is currently available through our ISVA team.

For more information about our Children’s and Young People Services, contact us on 01642 822331.



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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