If you are caring for a child or young person who has been sexually abused it will be a worrying and anxious time for you, you may have lots of questions around what has happened, how you can support your child and your family and wondering if things will ever get back to normal. Finding out your child has been abused especially if the abuse has involved a family member or friend can have an emotional, financial and practical impact on your family.
We are able to offer you support in ways to understand and speak to children & young people through our counselling and ISVA service.
We are also able to offer parents and carers support if they have been directly or indirectly affected by abuse.
Signs for Parents to look for
Unfortunately many children and young people will get raped or sexually abused during their childhood.
Signs of child abuse can include:
- Displaying very sexualised behaviour or having too much sexual knowledge for their age.
- Having problems with concentration
- inappropriate behaviour between an adult and a child
- Being withdrawn or anxious especially around certain people
- Running away
- Getting angry and lashing out more frequently
- Bed wetting
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) – type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power and status.