A new therapy service to help children cope with sexual abuse or attacks has been launched in Northamptonshire.
The new service is a partnership between Serenity, the county’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre, and Service Six, the countywide youth charity.
It aims to provide specialist assessment and intervention that will help young people deal with their emotions and help them cope on a daily basis.
Serenity manager, Glynis Bliss, said: “This is a very exciting opportunity to make a real difference to some of our most vulnerable children and young people.
“Our support workers can provide a general level of emotional support and practical help, but where there are higher level needs, we often struggle to find them that specialist help.
“Very often our client base will fall between those who need general emotional support and those who require much higher level of support such as that provided by Mental Health services.
“This new service aims to fill the gap between those two levels of help.”
All referrals will be initially assessed by Serenity, who will act as the referral ‘hub’ to ensure they meet the criteria.
Service Six will then make contact with the family, do an initial assessment and then provide follow-up sessions with specialist therapists.
Jane Deamer, chief executive of Service Six said: “Service Six already offers a generic professional therapeutic service within the county so this new contract adds another specialist service to our expanding charity.
“We will be undertaking a range of bespoke support and therapy services to ensure that we maximize the impact for these vulnerable clients.”