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CLEAR

Are you, or do you know a child or young person who has experienced abuse. CLEAR is a service that provides counselling support for children and young people between 0 and 18 years of age, who have experienced abusive relationships.

CLEAR is a unique therapeutic service working throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, offering support to Children and Young People, up to 18 years of age who have been traumatised by either direct experience or witnessing sexual, psychological or emotionally abusive relationships. CLEAR offers individual face to face therapy, group work, eco-therapy, Psycho-education for the non-abusing parent / carer, Healthy Relationships Education and Support for victims of Child Sexual Exploitation

CLEAR was formed 2008, as a charity to meet the needs of children and young people and their families across Cornwall that have been impacted by an abusive relationship. We offer a range of services, which include creative therapies such as art, music, drama, play, narrative and eco therapies, EMDR and family attachment work. We believe that children and young people and their families have the right to choose how they wish to work and have the opportunity to explore their sometimes-difficult feelings and emotions through a variety of approaches.

In addition to individual face to face therapy, CLEAR runs support groups "CLEAR Voices" where children and young people can share their experiences and difficulties in a safe, confidential setting, supported by therapists, which can help them to build resilience and self esteem with the support of their peers.

CLEAR provides an educational service to schools throughout Cornwall, the "Healthy Relationships" program, which aims to help students develop an understanding of the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and what to do if you think that you or someone you know is in a relationship that is unhealthy.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) can include many forms of exploitative relationships, including relationships that seem to be consensual. It often involves the young person being given affection, accommodation, money or gifts, alcohol or drugs. The exploitative situation limits the choices that the young person can make within their life and ultimately this abuse can be physically, socially and psychologically harmful. Boys and young men can be exploited as much as girls and young women but the way in which the exploitation of boys and young men is uncovered is often different. CSE is an issue that affects all children and young people, not just those that are vulnerable and already in abusive situations. CLEAR are developing our services to support those who are, or believe they know young people affected by sexual exploitation.

Our services are confidential but managed in accordance with the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) ethical framework and therefore where our clients are deemed to be at significant risk of harm or criminal activity, we may be obliged to share information in accordance with South West Safeguarding Procedures.

Services

Find out more about the services we offer by clicking the headings below


  1. We recognise that sexual abuse or violence can be very difficult to talk about or ask for help with. CLEAR therapists have undertaken specialist training to work with children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse or violence, current or historical. We offer individual therapy with additional support for the non-abusing carer where appropriate. Our approach is to find a therapy approach that suits and meets the needs of the young person so that they feel safe and secure.

  2. Are you frightened because of things that are going on at home? This may be something that is happening to you directly or that you see happening that upsets you. CLEAR helps children and young people and their families who are affected by violence and abuse in the home. We offer individual one to one therapy (Counselling), group work and support for the young person and non-abusing carer.

  3. Bullying can take many forms and often leaves the victims feeling hurt, vulnerable, helpless or even ashamed. If you are being bullied it is important to get help, not only to make the bullying stop, but also to help you to recover from the impact it may have had on you.

  4. Children are at risk of serious sexual abuse as social networking sites and mobile phone services are used to “groom, bully and pursue” teenagers. We are able to offer long term support to victims of child sexual exploitation and their families including those who are vulnerable and at risk of exploitation.

  5. Your counsellor or therapist will offer you a confidential, trusting and honest relationship, where you can talk about difficult feelings and experiences from the past. By focussing on emotions and feelings, the counsellor will help you to make sense of what has happened and recognise where you should not be accepting blame or shame. By building self esteem and confidence you will find it easier to move on and make the most of your future life.

  6. CLEAR and Secure will support young people, their families and professionals working with families who have been affected by CSE or where there are risks that they might be affected. When you contact us, we will have an initial conversation to see where you can get the best support and if we can support you then we will offer an initial information and advice session before starting any work. We can offer the following services 1:1 support from a youth worker - our Youth worker is a specialist CSE worker and her work is to directly support young people to engage in healthy relationships and increasing their understanding of how they might be in risky situations related to CSE. Professional consultation - our Clinical Psychologist can offer a psychological overview of a young person or family’s situation, offering advice as to what might improve their situation. Specialist family support around CSE - our worker will engage with the family and see what sort of service would best suit them given their circumstances, considering the needs of the whole family including siblings and parents. Therapeutic work for the young person or family - CLEAR have a team of therapists trained in working with children and young people. If it is appropriate arrangements could be made to seek funding for a piece of therapeutic work. Fun activities

  7. CLEAR offers counselling support for children and young people who have been linked to or experienced abusive relationships. Counselling aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing pain or making you feel uncomfortable. It can provide a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. By discussing your concerns with you, the counsellor can help you to gain a better understanding of your feel

  8. CLEAR is a unique child centred therapeutic service in Cornwall that works with Children and Young People (CYP), between 0 - 18 years of age who have been traumatised by either direct experience or witnessing sexual, psychological or emotionally abusive relationships. They are referred through a variety of pathways including; Independent Domestic Violence Advocates, SARC Centres, Police, School Nurses, Parent Support Advisors, Refuges and Self-referral. The impact of abuse on the CYP affects their self esteem and emotional regulation. They often harbour an intense sense of guilt, shame and responsibility for what has happened to them. These survivors struggle with relationships with peers and adults, fail to engage to their maximum potential at school, display difficult and disruptive behaviours and are at increased risk of abusive behaviour themselves as adults. They may also self-harm or participate in risky behaviours. We provide individual therapeutic interventions using counsellors who have undertaken specialist training to work with children and young people. The interventions are tailored to the needs of the individual by offering several types of intervention including; sand tray work, play, narrative, music, art psychoanalytical and drama therapies, EMDR and Diadactic Psychotherapy (attachment work).

  9. CLEAR is a unique child centred therapeutic service in Cornwall that works with Children and Young People (CYP), between 0 - 18 years of age who have been traumatised by either direct experience or witnessing sexual, psychological or emotionally abusive relationships. Young people who identify as LGBT are particularly vulnerable to bullying, harassment and other forms of abuse. We provide individual therapeutic interventions using counsellors who have undertaken specialist training to work with children and young people. The interventions are tailored to the needs of the individual by offering several types of intervention including; sand tray work, play, narrative, music, art psychoanalytical and drama therapies, EMDR and Diadactic Psychotherapy (attachment work).

  10. CLEAR is a unique child centred therapeutic service in Cornwall that works with Children and Young People (CYP), between 0 - 18 years of age who have been traumatised by either direct experience or witnessing sexual, psychological or emotionally abusive relationships. They are referred through a variety of pathways including; Independent Domestic Violence Advocates, SARC Centres, Police, School Nurses, Parent Support Advisors, Refuges and Self-referral. The impact of abuse on the CYP affects their self esteem and emotional regulation. They often harbour an intense sense of guilt, shame and responsibility for what has happened to them. These survivors struggle with relationships with peers and adults, fail to engage to their maximum potential at school, display difficult and disruptive behaviours and are at increased risk of abusive behaviour themselves as adults. They may also self-harm or participate in risky behaviours. We provide individual therapeutic interventions using counsellors who have undertaken specialist training to work with children and young people. The interventions are tailored to the needs of the individual by offering several types of intervention including; sand tray work, play, narrative, music, art psychoanalytical and drama therapies, EMDR and Diadactic Psychotherapy (attachment work).

  11. CLEAR and Secure will support young people, their families and professionals working with families who have been affected by CSE or where there are risks that they might be affected. When you contact us, we will have an initial conversation to see where you can get the best support and if we can support you then we will offer an initial information and advice session before starting any work. We can offer the following services 1:1 support from a youth worker - our Youth worker is a specialist CSE worker and her work is to directly support young people to engage in healthy relationships and increasing their understanding of how they might be in risky situations related to CSE. Professional consultation - our Clinical Psychologist can offer a psychological overview of a young person or family’s situation, offering advice as to what might improve their situation. Specialist family support around CSE - our worker will engage with the family and see what sort of service would best suit them given their circumstances, considering the needs of the whole family including siblings and parents. Therapeutic work for the young person or family - CLEAR have a team of therapists trained in working with children and young people. If it is appropriate arrangements could be made to seek funding for a piece of therapeutic work. Fun activities

  12. CLEAR is a unique child centred therapeutic service in Cornwall that works with Children and Young People (CYP), between 0 - 18 years of age who have been traumatised by either direct experience or witnessing sexual, psychological or emotionally abusive relationships. Young people from black and ethnic minority groups are particularly vulnerable and may be subject to attempts to sexually exploit them. We provide individual therapeutic interventions using counsellors who have undertaken specialist training to work with children and young people. The interventions are tailored to the needs of the individual by offering several types of intervention including; sand tray work, play, narrative, music, art psychoanalytical and drama therapies, EMDR and Diadactic Psychotherapy (attachment work).

  13. The CLEAR Healthy Relationships Programme has been commissioned by the Cornwall Safety Partnership as part of their strategy to tackle domestic and sexual violence (DASV) in the county. Devised and led by a team of experienced therapists and co-facilitators, Healthy Relationships has been designed to help prevent domestic abuse and sexual violence in the first instance and to encourage greater reporting when it occurs. Using a creative and therapeutic approach, students will learn to recognise signs and symptoms of abuse, understand where to go for help and form an understanding of what is healthy; knowledge and experience that they can take into adulthood.

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