Children and young people

We support children and young people aged 14-18 who have experienced sexual violence at any time. Our experienced staff will offer support and empower you to make informed choices and help you to feel in control of your life. We will always listen to you and believe you, and will not judge you.

Our services for children and young people

Advocacy (Criminal Justice Support)

Our Children and Young People’s ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy) provides support to survivors of all genders aged 14-18 who have experienced sexual violence at any point in their lives and have reported or are thinking about reporting to the police.

She can help you stay in touch with the police and explain how the criminal justice system works, come to meetings about your case, including police meetings, and get in touch on your behalf with the police, school, social worker, GP, and help you access other types of support in your local area.

Find out more about our Advocacy services

Counselling

Counselling provides therapeutic support, and a safe space where you can work through and explore your experiences, thoughts and feelings. You do not have to talk about what happened if you do not want to.

Sessions are run by our qualified female counsellors, who specialise in working with children and young women and have experience in the effects of sexual violence.

This service is open to self-identifying women and non-binary individuals recorded female at birth.

Find out more about our Counselling services

Who else can help?

Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

If you have recently been raped or assaulted, Sexual Assault Referral Centres offer medical and practical support to people, including forensic medical examinations. There is no obligation to report to the police, and forensics can be stored for up to two years.

If you are in Oxfordshire, the closest SARCs are in Bicester, Slough and Swindon.

Local young people’s charities

Nai’s House, based in Bicester, is a blended youth and wellbeing service that offers a new way to access and receive mental health support. You can call them on 01869 242 578.

Safe! Project works with young people between the ages of 5-18 who live in the Thames Valley area and are dealing with the effects of crime. Their helpline is 0800 133 7938.

National helplines

Childline offers free, confidential advice and support for children and young people. You can have a 1-2-1 counsellor chat online, or call them free on 0800 1111.

The Rape Crisis England and Wales 24/7 Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Line offers emotional support for anyone aged 16+ in England and Wales who is supporting a survivor of sexual violence. You can either call 0808 500 2222 or start an online chat at https://247sexualabusesupport.org.uk/

Safeline runs the National Male Survivor Helpline which offers emotional support for men who are supporting a survivor. You can call them during the day on 0808 800 5005, text 07860 065187, or email support@safeline.org.uk.

We Stand offers a range of support services and information for families affected by child sexual abuse. All services are accessed via their national helpline: 0800 980 1958

If you have any concerns at all about a child’s safety or wellbeing, or would like advice, guidance or support on issues affecting children, you can contact the NSPCC Helpline by calling 0808 800 5000 or emailing help@NSPCC.org.uk.

Information for parents and carers of a survivor

If your child is telling you that they have been hurt by someone else, even if it’s someone you know and trust, the most important things you can do are:

  • Listen to them
  • Believe them
  • Continue to offer unconditional support and love
  • Be patient and give them time
  • Encourage but don’t force them to seek help
  • Reassure them that their feelings are normal
  • Give them choices.

It can be extremely difficult and distressing to hear that your child has been sexually abused or assaulted. and you may feel a lot of different emotions as result.

There are lots of resources available with more information about how to manage your own feelings at the same time as supporting a young survivor. We recommend:

A guide to supporting the person you care about’, produced by Rape Crisis Partnership Cambridge & Peterborough

A self help guide for men & boys’, produced by Somerset & Avon Rape & Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS)

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