What is the Child Sexual Abuse Therapy Service?
The Child Sexual Abuse Therapy Service aims to reduce the harmful effects of sexual abuse on children and their future. The service assists children to manage trauma and educates them about social skills and strategies that enable them to be safe and establish non-abusive relationships. It also teaches parents to recognise the symptoms and effects of sexual abuse against children and how to provide support for their child’s healing.
Counselling is available for children and their non-offending family members. This includes:
- Children up to the age of 18 who have suffered sexual abuse
- Children up to the age of 18 who are exhibiting sexualised behaviours
- Children up to the age of 18 who have committed sexual abuse against others
- Non-offending siblings and carers who have been affected by the sexual abuse or behaviour of a child who has been referred to the service
All counsellors are qualified and trained specifically to work with children who have experienced sexual abuse. Counselling takes place in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Children are provided with a space to explore their feelings and ask questions about sexual abuse.
Counsellors can help parents with practical solutions to common problems such as bed wetting, nightmares and defiance, which may stem from abuse a child may have experienced.
Counselling is flexible, and strategies will be tailored to each individual child to ensure they receive the support they need most.
Anglicare WA hopes to provide immediate assistance to children who have suffered sexual abuse and to prevent the tragic long term consequences and effects that such abuse can have if left unmanaged.
How can the Child Sexual Abuse Therapy Service be accessed?
We welcome referrals from the community. Any child or young person who has experienced sexual harm, or is engaging in harmful sexual behaviours can access this service. If the needs of your family fall outside the scope of this service, we will work with you to find an appropriate alternative service. We also work with families who are currently utilising the services of the Department of Communities.
Referrals from community, government or private practitioners are encouraged. To engage in a therapeutic recovery service, the child or young person’s safety needs will be given paramount importance.
Queries should be directed to the coordinator who can be contacted by phoning (08) 9394 9200.
|Address:||St John’s Anglicare Centre, 44 Collie St, Albany 6331|
|Phone:||(08) 9394 9200|
|Address:||The Agonis, Suite 9/1st Floor, Corner Astley St & Albany Hwy, Gosnells 6110 (entry opposite to Australia Post)|
|Phone:||(08) 9301 8500|
|Address:||Sanori House, Suite 4, First Floor/126 Grand Boulevard, Joondalup 6027|
|Phone:||(08) 9821 9661|
|Address:||Central Arcade, 100 Clive St, Katanning 6317|
|Phone:||(08) 9777 1945|
|Address:||Community Centre, Corner Mount & Rose St, Manjimup 6258|
|Phone:||1300 11 44 46|
|Address:||Midland Lotteries House, 39 Helena St, Midland 6056|
|Phone:||(08) 9528 0702|
|Address:||14 Council Ave, Rockingham 6189|
The Child Sexual Abuse Therapy Service is funded by the Department for Child Protection.