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. 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.
Who is the Child Sexual Abuse Therapy Service for?
The Child Sexual Abuse Therapy Service can assist children who have been sexually abused, are exhibiting sexualised behaviour, or have enacted sexual abuse against others.
Child Sexual Abuse Therapy is available to:
- 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
How can the Child Sexual Abuse Therapy Service be accessed?
A referral from the Department for Child Protection must have been received before counselling can commence. However, if a referral has not been received, the Service can still be contacted and options discussed. Before counsellors see a child, the perpetrator of the child’s sexual abuse must have been removed from the child’s home.
Queries should be directed to the coordinator who can be contacted by phoning (08) 9394 9200.
Where is the Child Sexual Abuse Therapy Service located?
There are Child Sexual Abuse Therapy Services operating in Gosnells, Joondalup, Midland, Rockingham, Albany, Katanning and Manjimup.
The Child Sexual Abuse Therapy Service is funded by the Department for Child Protection.