STARS (Sexual Trauma and Recovery Support)

STARS (Sexual Trauma and Recovery Support)

What we do

We provide specialist therapy and support for children, young people and families who have been affected by sexual trauma. We also provide consultation and training to other professionals working with cases of sexual abuse. STARS currently run a one day training course ‘An Introduction to working with sexually abused children and young people’ through the Surrey Safeguarding Board.

How we can help you

Any experience of sexual assault or sexual abuse is traumatic and this specialist service offers support and therapy from clinicians with specialist knowledge and skills in this area.

We offer support to children from 4 years old to 18 years old using a variety of therapies and techniques.

The include:

  • Child ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) Support: The CISVA offers support for children and families during the investigation process when therapy might not be appropriate. The CISVA will start things off with a home visit to see how things are going and to make plans of how best to offer you support. The CISVA will offer practical support and advice and will liaise with the other agencies involved with your child and family.
  • Individual therapy for children and young people: All therapy starts with an assessment of the child or young person’s therapeutic needs. We will meet you at home (or elsewhere) and then set up some weekly sessions at a local CAMHS Clinic or at our base in Epsom. We have a variety of different therapies on offer: play therapy, drama therapy, talking therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
  • Group therapy for children and young people: Again group therapy starts with a number of assessment sessions to check whether group therapy is right for you.
  • Group therapy for carers: The carers group tends to run on a week day morning, although we are currently exploring running some groups in the evenings to accommodate working parents.

For more information you can read our service leaflet here. An easy read of this leaflet is available by clicking here.

How to access our service

We accept referrals directly from young people, carers and other professionals. Please call us on 01372 203096 to make a referral or just to talk things through.

If you have any questions about a child or young person’s mental health, call CAMHS One Stop for advice on 0300222 5755.

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