About Imara

Imara is an independent specialist service that supports children, young people and their safe family members following a disclosure or discovery of child sexual abuse. We are a charity and all of our services are free to access. We receive referrals directly from the local paediatric sexual assault referral centre (EMCPYSAS – 0800 183 0023).

We are the chosen provider of therapy for all children and young people aged 0-18 affected by sexual abuse across the county of Nottinghamshire, as well as children under 12 in Nottingham City. We specialise in trauma and familial abuse, and we also support our clients from a legal and advocacy perspective with our CHISVA service (Children and Young People’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) which is commissioned by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Imara aims to empower and promote the recovery of children, young people and their families affected by child sexual abuse, by offering early intervention in the form of:

  • Access to pre- and post- trial therapy, available in a range of creative arts approaches suited to children and young people
  • Specialist support for acute trauma symptoms including anxiety and problems sleeping
  • Accurate and impartial information and consistent contact throughout the judicial process, empowering clients to make their own informed choices
  • Support with education, health, housing and financial concern to restabilise the family following the abuse
  • Specialist risk and needs assessment, and referral to other appropriate support and services

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In line with specialising in familial abuse, wherever appropriate we work with children and young people within their family unit, empowering them to access and use the resources they have within themselves and their family in order to overcome the trauma and thrive going forward. This includes working not only with the children and young people we are referred, but also their safe family members, including parents, carers, siblings and grandparents for whom a disclosure or discovery that sexual abuse has been occurring within their family and home can have profound and severe impacts and so support is understandably often required.

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How you can help us

We rely heavily on fundraising and donations to deliver the service that we offer. You can help support Imara by donating money, volunteering, attending fundraising events or organising your own. For more information on fundraising for Imara, visit our fundraising section or contact us at info@imara.org.uk for a fundraising pack. 

If your company operate a ‘charity of the year’ scheme or looking for a voluntary organisation to support, please email us at info@imara.org.uk and let us know how we can be put forward for selection.