Safeline to launch new service for supporting young children

Safeline will now be offering support to children as young as five-years-old who have suffered from abuse.

The charity’s key objective is to prevent sexual abuse and assist those in their recovery. We already support over 4,000 survivors and are now widening our scope by helping younger children.

Research studies show that 11.3% of individuals aged 18 – 24 experience a form of sexual abuse during their childhood – unfortunately, there is very little specialist help that currently exists to support these damaged victims.

Safeline aim to reduce this statistic with a newly decorated room at our Warwick offices, designed to meet the needs of children survivors. Qualified counselors will be on hand to work with the younger generation by using therapeutic play and art therapy.

We have also trained our independent sexual violence advisors to support children as young as three through the Criminal Justice System.

Furniture, therapeutic toys and games for the room which are to be called the ‘Acorn Room’ was funded by another local charity, Evelyn’s Gifts. Helen Smith, founder of the charity was impressed by Safeline’s work and was excited to help. The decoration was completed by Martin Harold, free of charge.

Neil Henderson, CEO of Safeline, said: “This is a great example of charities working together to support local communities.”

The official opening of the ‘Acorn Room’ will take place at our home, 6a New Street, Warwick, CV34 4PP, on Monday 22nd May 2017 at 4 pm.

Numerous amounts of people will be in attendance including the charity’s children and young people’s dedicated counselors, trustees, funders, representatives from CAMHS and Leamington knitters (who knitted comfort blankets for all the young children).

On the day, Art Therapists will carry out mini interactive art demos to showcase the room ‘in use’.

To find out more about the charity, visit the website: www.safeline.org.uk.


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