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Friends of Trust House Lancashire

July 10th, 2018 by

We are lucky to have a group of people who support and fund-raise Trust House Lancashire.

Friends of Trust House began when Zoe, a volunteer since the Charity began in 2014, asked if she could help with raising funds for Trust House Lancashire. From the involvement she had with Trust House Lancashire, over the past years, she was aware of the need for this specialised service in the local community and for the funding necessary for it to continue.

The Friends group aim is to raise money to help support Trust House Lancashire. This can be done with local events but also in applying to trusts for grants. There is also an opportunity for raising awareness of Trust House Lancashire and the services it provides. The Friends group has so far run 2 stalls at local gala days raising £260 and also had input into the Charity Ball which raised a brilliant £10,000.

Zoe started initially with some of her friends and other interested people have now joined the group. They even have their own logo incorporating the Trust House logo and based on the ‘elephant in the room’, sexual abuse being something that is generally not talked about.  They will always welcome anyone who would like to help, any ideas for raising funds, networking and any links to other interesting individuals and organisations.

Latest News!

Friends of Trust House had a stall at Lostock Hall Carnival and raised £140.50

We are at Doctor Doctor Family Fun Event on Saturday 21st July 11am to 4pm

Dardsley, Brownedge Road, Lostock Hall, Preston

For more information see


If you or anyone is interested in joining the group, please contact us on [email protected] or by contacting the Trust House office 01772 825288.

Children’s Therapist needed

June 26th, 2018 by

Trust House Lancashire is looking for Children’s Sessional Therapists

The deadline for applications is THURSDAY 19th July 18 12pm

Hours: Freelance

Salary: £28.00 per counselling session/clinical assessment

Base: Preston and Burnley

Job Description

An opportunity has arisen for Children’s Sessional Therapists to join our team. We provide specialist sexual violence counselling, advocacy support and training.

The minimum entry requirement for this role is that you are a qualified therapist/counsellor with current or recent experience of providing therapy with children.  You will also be a full member of a professional body and committed to upholding their standards and ethics.

The successful candidates will join our established team working to maintain our excellent reputation within Lancashire, and look to develop this further through innovative practice.

You will be supported by our Clinical Lead. Supervision provided

To apply: please download a job pack (click here to download)

Children Sessional Job Advert

CYP Sessional Therapist Role Description August 2017

Application Form-Sessional Counselling

or email [email protected]  or call 01772 828288 for a job application pack. The deadline for applications is THURSDAY 19th July 18 12pm

The listing will be closed as soon as sufficient applicants have been received

Trust House Lancashire ensures safe recruitment processes and successful applicants will be required to have an enhanced DBS check

Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect

August 3rd, 2016 by

Open consultation

The Government has today launched the long delayed consultation on mandatory reporting which seeks views on the possible introduction of mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect or a duty to act in relation to child abuse or neglect.

The deadline for responses is 13th October 2016.

Empirical research into the effectiveness of mandatory reporting in Regulated Activities from other countries reveals it is a vital component of a functioning child protection framework (see data in link) :

For more information, please see

The Survivors Trust will be responding to the consultation.  If you would like to add your comments to ours, please email Sarah on [email protected] or call 01788 550554.


The Survivors Trust, ISVA Training Dates

May 17th, 2016 by

The Survivors Trust Specialist Training for

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor Practitioners


Places still available on our specialist accredited training


Course Dates


Session 1 Foundation Skills and Knowledge for ISVAs 23rd and 24th June 2016
Session 2 Planning and Protection 7th and 8th July 2016
Session 3 Effective Partnerships 8th and 9th Sept 2016
Session 4 Communication, Diversity and Equality 6th and 7th Oct 2016
Session 5 ISVAs in Action – Court and Beyond TBC

Previous students have said:

“I found the course has increased my knowledge around rape and sexual assault, and I now feel more confident in my ability to work with these clients.”


“I felt the course was a worthwhile, positive experience that has impacted positively on my practice.”


“I found all the tutors and guest speakers very knowledgeable on their subjects, and approachable.”


For more information or to register please contact Naomi for a registration form: [email protected]

Mother-and-Baby Homes Investigation

May 17th, 2016 by

Mother-and-Baby Homes Investigation

Were you resident in a Mother-and-Baby Home in Ireland (either as a mother or a child)? Or do you know someone who was?

Currently there’s an Investigation looking into the Mother-and-Baby Homes that existed in Ireland. Anyone with any information is invited to share any information they may have, in confidence. The Commission are especially keen to hear from anyone who was resident in, worked in, lived nearby or had connections with these homes.

If you have information you’d like to share, you can either travel to Dublin where all of your travel and accommodation expenses will be covered, or you can speak to the Confidential Committee in March 2016 when they will be taking evidence in the UK. The Irish Women Survivors Support Network (IWSSN) is working with the Commission to promote the Investigation in  the UK, and can provide support with giving evidence. To find out more, please contact IWSSN on:

0207 267 9997 or email [email protected]. Or you can contact the Commission directly, by calling: 00 353 1 6445088.

If you are affected by this issue and wish to speak to someone in confidence, IWSSN can make referrals to a free counselling service that they work in partnership with.

Kings College London, National Survey

April 28th, 2016 by

King’s College London, in collaboration with The Survivors Trust, launched the survey How good are we at meeting the healthcare needs of women survivors of childhood sexual abuse and how can we improve our quality of care? A national survey. to explore the health care needs of survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the UK and their level of satisfaction and feedback on the healthcare services that they have used.

Dear Survivor,

The survey we are conducting aims to investigate the healthcare needs of women in the UK who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse. We hope that through this survey, we can inform healthcare practitioners about your experiences so that they can better respond to your needs.

The survey involves an on-line questionnaire with a total of 46 questions. Not all are applicable for everyone. Some questions are open ended and, depending on how much you would like to comment on these questions, the survey may take you up to 20 minutes to complete. All your answers are confidential and the data is anonymous.

Thank you for those who have completed the questionnaire. We have 100 responses to date!

If you have not yet participated but would like to do so, please click the link below and you will be directed to the questionnaire.

Completing the questionnaire is a confirmation for consent. We are aiming to close the survey on the 6th of May 2016.

Link to the survey:

Trust House Lancashire

August 29th, 2013 by
Trust House Lancashire are delighted to be launching our Children and Young People’s Therapy Service and Adult Independent Sexual Violence Service in August 2015.


Reporting child abuse is discretionary in the UK. ‘Law must change’ say charities

July 23rd, 2013 by

NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood) is leading a coalition of charities in the call for legislation to introduce ‘Mandatory reporting’. The law would make failure to report suspected or known child abuse in ‘Regulated Activities’ a criminal offence. Regulated Activities include schools, sports clubs linked to national sports bodies, children’s homes and faith organisations*.

Pete Saunders, Chief Executive of NAPAC said: ‘Mandatory reporting is long overdue in this country. Parents will probably be shocked to learn that that such legislation does not already exist. Staff who suspect abuse may report it, but face no sanction for failing to report. In places such as Hillside First School, Downside, St Benedict’s, Stony Dean School and Little Teds Nursery, abuse went unreported to the authorities, leaving children at risk of further abuse.

People who work with children are under no statutory obligation to report known or suspected child abuse, even rape. They may decide to do so, but it is entirely discretionary and there is no sanction for failing to report. As a result of non existence of law, staff who do report are whistle-blowers and have no statutory protection when speaking out in the most challenging of circumstances.

The only area of the UK where mandatory reporting does exist is Northern Ireland. Barry Gardiner MP (Brent North) was responsible for its strict application to educational settings during his time there as a junior minister in the Northern Ireland Office in Tony Blair’s Labour government.

Barry Gardiner said: It should be mandatory to report, because these things must not be covered up. This is what has led to all the problems in the Church. It is what enables people to go on and commit offences again;

Serious Case Reviews of child abuse cases have repeatedly revealed that professionals and others suspected years before that abuse was taking place but failed to inform the authorities.

Anne Lawrence, a barrister in educational and community care law, said: The current statutory framework and government guidance makes very clear that decisions on whether to report concerns and allegations of child abuse to external agencies is discretionary, it is not mandatory. The worst that can happen to a person who fails to report an allegation or concern is that when the truth comes out, often many years later, that person may be disciplined by the professional body to which he or she  belongs. Such a system does not and cannot protect children from abuse. Mandatory reporting would require all concerns, reports and allegations of child abuse to be reported to external agencies such as the LADO and thus ensure appalling child protection failings such as Hillside do not happen in the future.”

James Rhodes, classical pianist, supports the Mandate Now campaign.  James tweeted ;Reporting child rape is discretionary in the UK. Sign here to help.  Would’ve helped me a lot as a kid. Pls RT.”  He stars in forthcoming Channel 4 documentary;James Rhodes: Notes from the Inside, which will be broadcast on Channel4 on 24 July 2013.


The Mandate Now petition went live on 1 May 2013.  #MandateNow

Countries which operate mandatory reporting include: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Sweden, USA, and now the Republic of Ireland which on the 10th November 2012 held a referendum which approved mandatory reporting.

*Regulated Activities include schools, sports clubs linked to national sports bodies, children’s homes and faith organisations and similar institutions as defined by the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 where children are cared for by adults other than their parents.


NAPAC ; national charity supporting adults who have been abused in any way as children.

THE SURVIVORS TRUST national umbrella agency for over 135 specialist rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse support organisations throughout the UK and Ireland.

SURVIVORS UK  helps men who have been sexually violated and raises awareness of their needs.

RESPOND  works with children and adults with learning disabilities who have experienced abuse or


Pete Saunders, Chief Executive of NAPAC Tel 203 176 0560, Mobile 07977  975402 Email [email protected]

Twitter @MandateNow

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