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For immediate release 6.2.2019: Sexual violence campaign launches in Lancashire

February 6th, 2019 by

The campaign, funded by Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw, raises awareness of sexual violence, particularly within relationships and urges anyone affected to seek help from Lancashire Victim Services.

A new campaign encouraging anyone affected by sexual violence to seek support is being launched in Lancashire as part of Sexual Violence Awareness Week.

Speaking at an awareness event at Blackpool Teaching Hospital Mr Grunshaw said: “Any form of sexual violence is clearly unacceptable.

“We know that 31% of all reported rapes in Lancashire happen within relationships. This is shocking and we have to send out a clear message that being in a relationship does not equate to having the right to force or coerce your partner into anything they don’t want to do.

“Anyone who uses physical force or coerces their partner to comply is committing a crime and it is important that we spread that message.

“If you are in a relationship where that choice is taken away from you I would urge you to contact Lancashire Victim Services for support and advice, even if you don’t want to report to the police.

“It is fitting that we launch the campaign here in Blackpool where my office is funding a specialist support worker to offer help to anyone who has experienced sexual violence while they are receiving care at the Hospital.

“Making sure that support is available in health settings is a great step forward and it means that those affected can get support in a place where they may feel able to speak out about what has happened to them.

“Supporting victims and vulnerable people is so important and I am committed to making sure that specialist support is out there whenever and wherever it is needed.”  

Dee Conlon, Operations Manager at Lancashire Victim Services added: “Sexual violence is a terrible crime that has a long lasting impact on those affected.

“It can happen to anyone, from any background, male, female, young or old. Our specialist case workers are here to provide emotional support and help you to find the best way forward.”

Detective Chief Inspector Joanne McHugh from Lancashire Constabulary said: “Our focus is to keep people safe and feeling safe. No person has the right to coerce, intimidate or force their partner to do things they don’t want to.

“We take all reports of rape and sexual assault seriously and will continue to work hard to investigate incidents of sexual violence within any relationship.”

The campaign which has been developed jointly between the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office, Lancashire Victim Services and Lancashire Constabulary will see posters, banners and leaflets distributed to health settings and public spaces across the county.

Materials will also be shared on websites and across social media to raise awareness and direct people to Lancashire Victim Services for help and support.

– Ends –

Clive Grunshaw, the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner is
responsible for:
recruiting the Chief Constable and holding him to account for the work of the police
setting and updating a county wide police and crime plan
commissioning services for victims and witnesses of crime across Lancashire
meeting and consulting residents about crime and anti-social behaviour and
setting the police budget and agreeing the council tax precept that
goes towards funding the police in Lancashire

The Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan includes four priorities. These include protecting local policing, tackling crime and re-offending, supporting vulnerable people and victims, and developing safe and confident communities.

For more information about the work of the Lancashire Police and
Crime Commissioner visit

Editor’s note:

For more details contact [email protected] or telephone 01772 533587.

GCU’s Adult Survivors of CSA Research Invitation

January 20th, 2019 by

Final Poster research invitation Information:

An exploration of body image amongst adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse


Introduction and study purpose

You are invited to take part in a study about your experiences of body image as an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse (CSA). You will not be asked to go into detail regarding your experiences of CSA, as the focus will be upon body image. The aim of this study is to gain insight into perceptions of body image amongst adult survivors of CSA. The research is being carried out by Adele Leithead, who is a trainee counselling psychologist at Glasgow Caledonian University. The research is supervised by Dr Fani Papayianni who is a Counselling Psychologist and associate lecturer at the university.

Your contribution will help us to understand more about the relationship between CSA and body image, including the potential effects of CSA upon body image, and how these effects may impact upon your life. Your unique accounts will allow us to develop our work in this important area. Before you decide whether or not to take part, it is important for you to understand what participation in the study will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and let us know (via the contact details below) if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.


Why have I been chosen?

You have been approached because you have experienced CSA, are aged 18 or over and are either attending therapy/counselling or have attended in the past.


What will I have to do if I take part?

If you are interested in taking part, you will be asked to sign a consent form and will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. The researcher will also ask you to complete some demographic information prior to the interview, including your gender, age, ethnicity, employment/educational status and relationship status. Thereafter you will be invited to participate in a one-to-one interview with the researcher. This interview should last between 45-60 minutes, depending on your answers. The interview will be arranged between yourself and the researcher at a date and time that is mutually convenient. You will be given the option to meet face-to-face with the researcher for the interview, or you can choose to engage in the interview via Skype. Should you choose Skype as the interview option, you will also be able to decide whether you would like to have the webcam on or off (deciding if you would like to video-call or audio-call). The interview will require that you share your experiences of body image, as well as a discussion regarding the potential impact (if any) of CSA upon your body image. This interview will be audio-recorded via a dictaphone, and if Skype is used this will additionally be recorded using an electronic software.


Do I have to take part?

No, your participation is entirely voluntary. If you wish to participate, you will be given a consent form to sign, and you may keep this information sheet for your reference. Should you feel that you want to, you may stop the interview at any time without giving a reason. If you require a break from the interview of recording, this will also be respected. Even after the interview has been completed, you will be able to withdraw your data from the research, up to two weeks after the interview has been completed. Ending your participation in any of the above ways can happen without giving a reason and without any consequences. Please note, no impact to any therapeutic services that you may be receiving will take place.


What are the possible disadvantages and risks to taking part?

The study is interested in your personal views and experiences of body image as an adult survivor of CSA. Some participants may find this to be a very sensitive topic. Please be assured that you will not be asked intimate or sensitive details regarding your experiences of CSA. You will be asked open-ended questions regarding body image and asked to consider if or how CSA has affected your body image. The potential effects of body image in your life generally will be considered. You are in control of how and if you answer these questions. If you feel uncomfortable at any time during the interview, it can be paused or ceased entirely. If distress is caused during or after the interview, you will be able to discuss this with the researcher and/or her supervisor. You can also contact a debriefer for a one-off supportive telephone call of up to 30 minutes. This will be Tasim Martin-Berg, a Counselling Psychologist, and she can be contacted in confidence at [email protected]


What are the possible benefits of taking part?

We cannot promise that the study will help you personally, as the interview is not intended to be therapeutic. However, you may find that during or after the interview you have engaged in an interesting topic which has enabled you to consider the matter in greater depth. The results of the study should help our understanding of how adult CSA survivors consider their body image and what the impact of this may be upon their lives. This could be beneficial for counselling psychology, counselling and related mental health fields in understanding potential issues which may arise for adult survivors of CSA. This could aid in developing further therapeutic services for adult CSA survivors.


What will happen to the information that I give?

The information collected is for research purposes only. Apart from the principal researcher, only the research supervisor will have access to the raw collected data. An exception to this is the consent forms: as this will contain identifying data, this will only be accessible by the researcher. The audio recordings of the interviews will be transcribed and analysed. Identifying information will be removed, so that data (including direct quotes) will be not be attributable to you in the study or publication. All raw data, transcripts and electronically-completed forms will be held securely on a password-protected computer system, additionally encrypted with a different password and accessible only by the researcher. For any printed transcripts or forms completed in paper form, these will be stored in a lockable cabinet accessible only by the researcher. All material will be securely stored for five years for publication purposes or in the case of further future investigation. The findings of the study will be submitted to Glasgow Caledonian University as part of the assessment for the doctoral qualification in Counselling Psychology. Your rights as a participant are protected following guidance of the General Data Protection Regulation (2018).


Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

Due to the potential usage of direct quotes in support of the analysis in the final written report, total confidentiality cannot be assured. However, total anonymity can be assured. This means that any information pertaining to you as a participant (such as name, place of origin or work) will not be identifiable to you in the final report to be submitted to Glasgow Caledonian University, or in any future publication. It will not be possible to directly identify you as having participated in this research, and your identifying details (accessible only to the researcher) will be held confidentially. The use of Skype, as an online communication platform, provides restrictions to complete confidentiality: in using Skype, your personal details are provided to make Skype calls. There is not a complete guarantee that the calls are secure, which is beyond the control of the researcher. Your rights are protected under the General Data Protection Regulation (2018), and ethical and legal practice will be followed.

Please note that the only exception to anonymity would be if there was information related to risk to yourself or others, in which case relevant third parties would need to be informed (i.e. research supervisor and/or police) to ensure safety. This would be discussed with you should this happen whenever possible.


Who has reviewed the study?

This study has been given ethical approval by Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Health and Life Sciences Ethics Committee.

In addition, the research supervisor, Dr Fani Papayianni, will periodically review the research process and findings.


Further information and contact details

You can get more study information or discuss the project with the research team as follows:

Adele Leithead (Principle Investigator): [email protected]

Dr Fani Papayianni (Project Supervisor): [email protected]


What happens next?

If you decide you are interested in participating in the study after reading this information sheet or would like to find out more, please contact Adele Leithead using the provided email address. Should you decide to participate, you will be sent a consent form to read over and sign. You will also receive a demographics form to complete.


Thank you for taking the time to read this study information 

Independent Inquiry CSA News

December 2nd, 2018 by

IICSA have published their November 2018 Newsletter of 2018 and 2019 past & upcoming hearings and seminars, including Truth Project statistics:

Independent Inquiry Child Sexual Abuse News:

Please click here:

Inquiry Stakeholder Newsletter November 2018


If you would like to attend a hearing and/or seminar, please click here for more information:

How to attend hearings and seminars


Job Vacancies

July 26th, 2018 by

We are seeking

Freelance Children’s Sessional Play Therapists  

Salary: £30.00 per counselling session/clinical assessment

Sessions: 8 per week over 2 days

Base: Preston but may be required to work in other parts of the county occasionally

Job Description

We have opportunities  for Children’s Sessional Therapists to join our team. We provide specialist sexual violence counselling, advocacy support and training.

The minimum entry requirements for this role is a Diploma in Counselling with Children and post qualifying 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 in Lancashire, and look to develop this further through innovative practice.

You will be supported by our Clinical Lead.

Supervision provided.

To apply:

To apply, please email [email protected]  or call 01772 825288 for a job application pack.

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


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

Lightening the Shadow of Abuse Survey

June 13th, 2018 by

Can you help us Gather Information about your Experiences

The team at King’s are keen to hear the view of female survivors of childhood sexual abuse who have had children and those who have not yet, but think they may like to at some stage.

The Survivors’ Trust has been working with a research team from King’s College, London led by Dr Elsa Montgomery in the production of an online learning resource. This resource will help prepare female survivors of childhood sexual abuse for pregnancy and birth.

The team has already conducted focus groups but is keen to hear the views of more survivors.

It is now possible to participate either by completing a questionnaire or by speaking to one of the research team by telephone or WhatsApp. Please be assured that confidentiality and anonymity for participants is of utmost importance to us.  More information is available via the following link to the Survivors’ Trust Website.

We know that pregnancy and birth are times of great change for any woman but they can be particularly challenging for survivors of abuse. At present, there are no resources that can help them to think through the issues, learn of the experiences of other survivors and prepare themselves for the emotions of pregnancy, birth and motherhood – including the potential resurfacing of feelings related to their abuse.

This work is funded by the Wellcome Trust and is an exciting opportunity for researchers and survivors to work together to produce the much-needed resource.


Any further information is available from [email protected] telephone 020 7848 3632


Spring Ball 2018

February 22nd, 2018 by

Fundraising Success!

The Spring Ball organised with the kind help of the BNI Diamond Group in Preston was a huge success with Trust House raising £10,000 from activities and tickets!

Many thanks to those who helped make it happen and to those kind people who were so generous with their donations. This money will enable us to provide support to people who have been affected by sexual abuse, violence and trauma.




Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2018

January 18th, 2018 by


Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2018




Peer Talk Volunteers here for a Sexual Violence Awareness Talk

The first of our talks is happening today for Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Week 2018.

Peer Talk joined us today to have a general awareness talk from Ian Shaw, one of our ISVA Workers.

We have organised several talks this walk to mark Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Week 2018. These talks are also available as training to organisations and teams or we can organise bespoke training for you. Please contact us for an idea of costs to you. The training aims to give your team an understanding of sexual violence and what to do if someone discloses to you.

The talks are given by professionals who have many years experience in this field, working with survivors, police and social workers.

For more information please call us on 01772 825288 or to book us in.

Charity Competition

September 13th, 2017 by

Thank you Marler Haley for this opportunity.#MHCharityComp

Marler Haley



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