Project information

Therapeutic Support for Sexually Abused Children

Your donation is for therapy treatment for children to recover from sexual abuse. There is one reported incident of sexual abuse against a child in Gloucestershire every day with no free therapy services for them to access. With no support poor mental health can develop. Help us help them recover.

12 months

Charity information: Gloucestershire Rape And Sexual Abuse Centre

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  • Need


    During a 24 month period there were 650 reported sexual violence crimes against children and young people in Gloucestershire but a staggering 31% of children who are abused reach adulthood without having disclosed their abuse. This taboo and traumatic every day incident has a devastating and destructive impact on people’s lives with an increased likelihood of experiencing poor mental health. 60% of adults receiving mental health treatment were sexually abused as children.


    A report carried out by the NSPCC in 2012 interviewed children to find out their reaction to therapy found that children preferred a creative activity to express how they felt and not "being forced to talk" and 80% preferred individual therapy. Our project is to provide a creative therapy intervention such as play/art therapy. Both are evidenced based as effective in treating trauma symptoms in children as they allow the child to make sense of their experiences, feelings and perceptions.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    For sexually abused children to be able to express their experiences, thoughts and feelings


    » Providing play/art therapy sessions to sexually abused children

    What success will look like

    Success demonstrated through children accessing the therapy and engaging in 80% of the sessions provided.

    Aim 2

    For family/carer to say that the therapy intervention has made a positive difference in their child


    » To effectively monitor, evaluate and report the outcomes of the intervention

    What success will look like

    Through monitoring and evaluating the intervention using outcome tools, questionnaires and client feedback opportunities.

  • Impact


    The long term changes will be displayed within the child/ren receiving the therapeutic intervention. Through monitoring and evaluating throughout the intervention and then after 6 and 12 months from when the therapy has stopped will provide longitudinal data about the longer term impact of the therapy. The outcomes will measure emotional health and wellbeing, relationships both family and externally indicating positive behavioural and coping strategies.


    The biggest risks could include not able to recruit an experienced or skilled therapist; not being able to gain enough sustainable funding to deliver the project for more than 12 months or past when the funding generated from BigGive expires. We can mitigate against the first through ensuring the post is advertised in relevant professional recruitment sites. The second is mitigated against through our fundraising strategy which would prioritise continuation funding for this project.


    We use an online electronic case management system called LampLight. This system allows for staff to enter data in relation to the client from which we can then pull outcome reports across all demographics. We can provide reports quarterly which will include qualitative and quantitative information

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £38,385

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,300 Utilities rent, overheads, materials, admin
      £32,425 salary including pension and NI
      £2,660 expenditure IT, telephone, training and travel, recruitment, clinical supervision
  • Background


    Gloucestershire is a predominantly rural county situated in the South West of England and has a population size of 605,654 with 137,479 being aged under 20. There are 13 areas in the most 10% deprived nationally which accounts for 20,643 people. There is estimated to be 7,042 children aged 5-16 with any type of mental health disorder in the county and above average hospital admissions for self-harm in young people aged 10-24 years. Mental health services for young people are inadequate.


    Children aged 3-18 who have experienced any form of sexual violence, that occurred at any time of their life, will be eligible to access this service. Those that choose not to formally report to the Police will also be included as well as those who are having to go through the court process.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    For 32 years GRASAC has played a vital role in the care pathway for survivors of sexual violence in Gloucestershire by providing a specialist sexual violence prevention and response service which supports survivors regardless of whether or not they are engaged with the criminal justice system, and regardless of when the sexual violence occurred.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Louise Williams

    Management and strategic development including securing long term financial sustainability

    Indianna Knight

    Indianna is responsible for the monitoring, evaluation and outcome reporting of the project

    Sadia Hameed

    Sadia will be providing expertise in supporting young people who have experienced sexual violence and providing peer support

    Jemma West

    Jemma will be providing expertise in supporting young people who have experienced sexual violence and providing peer support