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Barnardo’s Beacon Project is here to offer support for young people who have been sexually abused. We understand that every young person is unique and that as a parent or carer it can be challenging to know how best to support them to cope and recover after what has happened to them.

This website offers you as parents and carers a space to find out more about child sexual abuse and to seek advice and find support in your local area for your children and for yourselves.

Child sexual abuse is never the fault of the child and we are committed to ensuring that young people are never blamed for their experiences but they are met with support, empathy and care.

It is important that young people who have been sexually abused receive the support they need. This support can come from several different places and looks different for each young person. Types of support can include

  • Play Therapy (usually for young people under the age of 11)
  • Counselling (either face to face or over the phone)
  • CHISVA/ISVA service (Children’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisor/Advocate)

Different support that maybe available for parents and carers

As a parents or carer, you will be feeling a wide range of emotions knowing that your child/children have been sexually abused. It is really important that you seek support to support your own mental health so you can in turn support your child/children. Types of support can include;

  • Adult counselling (either face to face or over the phone)
  • Therapeutic parenting and workshops
  • Joining a support group
  • Finding an advocate to give practical support and advice

Some of these services may also be able to support you if you were sexually abused as a young person and are seeking support with your own experiences.


please note that we DO NOT offer direct support ourselves 

How can we help you?

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