Imara are happy to work with and recommend a number of organisations, both local and national, who do great work with young people and victims of sexual abuse.
The East Midlands Children and Young People’s Sexual Assault Service (EMCYPSAS)
Phone: 0800 183 0023
Address: Children and Young People’s Suite Nottingham, Queens Medical Centre, Derby Road, Nottingham, NG7 2UH
This is the paediatric sexual assault referral centre for East Midlands. All young people under 18 who disclose sexual abuse should first be seen at EMCYPSAS. The service is also available for young adults over 18 with learning disabilities. EMCYPSAS offers comprehensive services as required immediately after a disclosure or discovery, including medical examination and support reporting to the police. Children and young people will then be referred onto longer term care, including our CHISVA service for all under 18s across Nottinghamshire County, and our therapeutic services for all under 13s and some 13-18 year olds in Nottingham City.
The Consent Coalition is a group of organisations within Nottingham who are working
together to raise awareness of the importance of consent, banish myths about rape and
sexual violence, and encourage survivors to access support and report any sexual violence. As part of the Consent Coalition, Imara joins other organisations to stand together to say that Nottingham does not tolerate any form of sexual violence.
The Truth Project
A part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the Truth Project is an opportunity for victims and survivors to attend a confidential session or contribute in writing to describe your experiences and how institutions failed to protect you. You can also make suggestions to help prevent abuse in the future. The Truth Project was designed in discussion with victims and survivors and is held in a supportive environment that puts your needs first. Anything said in a private session is free from judgement and questioning. Information from these sessions will be used to shape the Inquiry’s recommendations.
Read the booklet to figure out if the Truth Project is right for you here (pdf download)
Carolyn Spring helps people recover from trauma and to reverse adversity. She works in the field of mental health and adversity and brings a wealth of personal experience and research to her writing and training, bringing a rare positivity and the belief that no matter what people have experienced, recovery is possible.
NGY myplace which opened on 10 April 2012 is a state of the art centre for young people living in Nottingham providing a range of services and facilities from a fitness suite and recording studio, to counselling and health services.
Open seven days a week, the centre offers youngsters aged 13-19 a wide range of activities from music and film production, to dance, fitness sessions, courses, health and wellbeing support and somewhere just to meet friends, relax and talk to youth workers.
The centre also brings together a number of private, voluntary and statutory bodies offering a one-stop-shop where young people can access support and advice on
Intermediaries for Justice
Intermediaries for Justice is the professional body for intermediaries who work in the Justice Systems of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with police during investigations, and with lawyers in Crown, Magistrates and Family courts.
The primary purpose of IfJ is to increase awareness and understanding of intermediary work and to promote its use with vulnerable victims, witnesses, suspects and defendants. IfJ will foster a shared identity, enhance quality and practice, and provide links between intermediaries.
Nottingham Women’s Centre
Nottingham Women’s Centre can trace its beginnings to 1971, making it one of the oldest of its kind in the UK. They were established during the second wave of feminism in the seventies when the first ever National Women’s Liberation Conference brought together a number of disparate actions into an actual movement. The movement created a series of demands around free childcare; equal pay, education and job opportunities; free contraception and abortion rights; an end to discrimination against lesbians; and an end to male violence against women.
Today, they work across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire offering a range of formal services to women with mental health needs, women offenders, women who are seeking asylum, facing extreme poverty, escaping abuse or women simply wanting to make a change in their lives.
Incest and Sexual Abuse Survivors
Address: First Floor, Queens Head Chamber, 42 Kirk Gate, Newark, NG24 1AB
T: 0115 824 0314
ISAS was established in 1991 by Newark and Sherwood Volunteer Services, Health, Women’s Aid and other organisations as they began to realise the rising need for the provision of specialist counselling for female survivors. It was soon recognised that there were male survivors also in need of such provision.
Therapeutic group work is offered as an addition to our one to one service provision and sometimes clients benefit from using both services to aid their recovery. They provide telephone, text and email services in order to provide support for survivors, carers, family members and other agencies.
Nottingham Sexual Violence Support
This service is now available to survivors of all genders, aged 13+, and offers many services in addition to face-to-face counselling, with male and female counsellors, and Counselling Line services. Services for women are provided in a women-only space.
They are a team of highly qualified and skilled professionals and their excellent reputation means that they are recognised as a vital organisation in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
Equation’s goal as a charity is for everyone to have equal, healthy relationships, in a society free from domestic abuse, sexual violence and gender inequality.
Working primarily in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, Equation delivers education to the whole community to prevent domestic abuse and sexual violence, promote gender equality and raise aspirations for healthy relationships. They provide practical tools and guidance to support the well-being and safety needs of survivors.
National Working Group
Their principal aim is to offer support and advice to those working with children and young people under eighteen who are affected by abuse through sexual exploitation. The Charity’s object is to tackle child exploitation, in particular but not exclusively, by promoting, enabling, supporting and developing the protection of children and young people who are affected by sexual exploitation.
Its challenging work and they have learnt that networking professionals together is one of the answers to enable us all to improve our responses, what does and doesn’t work well and to access support in difficult times. Their principal objective is to offer support and advice to those working with children and young people under eighteen who are affected by abuse through sexual exploitation.
Safe and Sound
Safe and Sounds works to keep children and young people safe and sound from sexual exploitation.
Established in 2002, they have built a strong reputation as a key provider in the bid to end sexual violence, child sexual exploitation and abuse, and are trusted by victims of sexual exploitation, their families, carers and professional agencies alike.
They provide support directly to children, young people and families in Derby and Derbyshire affected by the abuse and work to ensure that individuals receive the support they need to move forwards in their lives.
The Survivors Trust
The Survivors Trust (TST) is a UK-wide national umbrella agency for 135 specialist organisations for support for the impact of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse throughout the UK and Ireland.
Their Trustee Board is exclusively made up of Managers and Directors of rape and sexual abuse support services. Their core aim is to empower survivors or rape, sexual violence or childhood sexual abuse through supporting and improving effective responses to survivors. Member organisations provide a range of direct services to survivors including counselling, support, helplines and advocacy services for women, men and children.
S.H.E. aim to provide a variety of help based support for female victims and survivors of childhood sexual abuse and information to promote public education and awareness to the long term effects of sexual abuse.
They work to actively reduce the distress of child victims and adult survivors of incest or childhood sexual abuse, including rape, through a range of services including but not limited to a variety of therapeutic interventions, drop-ins, adult learning courses and mentoring support, and to provide members with a comprehensive platform to develop their own care pathway in a secure, confidential, non-judgmental and sharing environment.
Our Voices is a programme of work coordinated by the International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking at the University of Bedfordshire in the UK.
Our Voices consists of a number of different projects and activities that share the same overarching aim – to promote the involvement of children and young people affected by sexual violence in research, policy and practice.
They collaborate and work in partnership with international and national organisations who work directly with children and young people affected by sexual violence.
West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre
T: 01905 724514 (Worcestershire) / 01432 344777 (Herefordshire)
WMRSASC is a free, confidential and non-judgemental support service for survivors who have experienced rape, assault, incest, sexual abuse, sexual harassment or any form of sexual attack, whether physical, verbal or emotional. They accept and encourage self-referrals. They also have a number of very useful resources available on their website that we would recommend, including:
A young person’s guide to sexual violence and the law: click here
A suggested reading list for survivors, which can provide comfort and inspiration: click here
No Panic is a registered charity which helps people who suffer from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and other related anxiety disorders including those people who are trying to give up Tranquillizers. No Panic also provides support for the carers of people who suffer from anxiety disorders.
Severe anxiety and phobic disorders are a major and widespread problem. Recent surveys indicate that they affect up to 18% of the population of the United Kingdom. We know that many of our young clients who have experienced sexual abuse suffer from panic attacks and generalised anxiety.
We’d highly recommend No Panic’s website, which is full of useful information and self-help resources.
The Children’s Sleep Charity
The Children’s Sleep Charity are a national, award-winning charity supporting children with sleep issues. They provide support for families and accredited training for professionals and commercial organisations.
Rights of Women
Rights of Women aims to achieve equality, justice and respect for all women.
Rights of Women advises, educates and empowers women by:
- Providing women with free, con dential legal advice by specialist women solicitors and barristers
- Enabling women to understand and bene t from their legal rights through accessible and timely publications and training
- Campaigning to ensure that women’s voices are heard and law and policy meets all women’s needs
The Haven Paddington, at St Mary’s Hospital, is one of 3 Havens in London. The Havens are Sexual Assault Referral Centres providing specialist forensic, medical and aftercare support services. Women, men and children who have been sexually assaulted or raped can access the service 24 hours a day.
Follow up care such as the young person’s support clinic, sexual health check ups and counselling services are available from 9am to 5pm on weekdays.
All Haven staff have been especially trained to care for and support people who have been sexually assaulted and can also give advice over the phone. The Havens are NHS services and free of charge.
Rights of Women, a young person’s guide: