This funding will enable us to offer in-house, one-to-one counselling and therapeutic support to young survivors and victims of trafficking to support their recovery from trauma and transform their overall mental health and wellbeing.
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1104948)
As children and young people’s need for effective mental health support increases, the current crisis in service provision worsens. It’s critical that children and young people have adequate support when they need it, rather than waiting until their problems escalate. We work with children who are at risk for trafficking and exploitation, and with young victims and survivors: they are being badly let down. They need urgent help, and specialist support is severely lacking. Every day matters.
We will pilot weekly one-to-one therapeutic, trauma-informed interventions with qualified counsellors for six young people for a period of 12 weeks. The client-led, child-centred sessions will see counsellors and young people embark on a journey together, setting personal objectives with an overall focus on recovery and empowerment. The young people will be supported to understand mental health and wellbeing, and will learn skills and build strategies to promote it.
I was feeling down and depressed… I was thinking too much about what had happened to me… [ECPAT UK] referred me for counselling. It was very helpful, because I overcame a lot of things and I learned a lot of things as well. I wouldn’t be me now without this kind of thing.
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