Post Sexual Abuse (PSA) Service
Supports children and young people up to the age of 18
Family Action’s PSA service supports children and young people up to the age of 18 who have experienced sexual abuse. This is a free and confidential service. Our aim is to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people, and bring about greater stability in their lives.
The service is delivered by qualified and experienced social workers who provide therapeutic support to children and young people including their parent/carer where possible. Support focuses on the present situation and helping children/young people to cope better and to feel safe. We will work to give children tools to cope and empower parents/carers to help their child to cope. This service also runs groups for children/young people and facilitates group work with parents and carers where feasible.
Due to high demand for the service we operate a waiting list.
The service is mainly being delivered in person. We are continuing to offer some support virtually – by video or telephone.
‘It’s been so helpful to be able to talk to someone about how I feel.’
‘The support helped me get through what happened.’
We are unable to offer a service in cases where there is a current police investigation or the case is due to go to court.
Please note we strongly encourage reporting to Children’s Services and/or police where sexual abuse has taken place and it is our policy to share information with Children’s Services when we are made aware of sexual abuse that has not been reported.
Find out about Family Action’s Pre-trial Support Service, which supports children aged up to 16 who have experienced sexual abuse, and their non-abusing parents/carers whilst there are ongoing police investigations or legal proceedings.
Information booklet for parents/carers:
Information booklet for young people (aged 12+):
Information booklet for primary aged children (5 – 11):
Information booklet for professionals: