Our mission is to provide a service to address the issues affecting children and young people who have experienced abuse. We offer a supportive and therapeutic environment where children and young people, care givers and professionals can receive appropriate advice and information and share their experiences through individual and group work.
As the only BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) accredited organisation in Cornwall, CLEAR counselling services work to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
CLEAR recognises the importance for every child and young person to have the opportunity to be heard”- Simon Carpenter - CEO CLEAR
Pioneering Cornish Charity CLEAR, are once again leading the way in responding to issues of child abuse.
The trauma and therapy specialists are celebrating the official accreditation of their Diploma Course that upskills qualified therapists and counsellors to work therapeutically with children and young people who have been abused.
The CLEAR Diploma in Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People, written and developed by the Charity in 2015 has been piloted with 2 cohorts of students to enable it to be formally accredited as a Level 5 qualification. Accreditation comes from the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body and is the first and only course of its kind available in Cornwall.
CLEAR Chief Executive, Simon Carpenter explained:
"The Diploma arose from very a practical need within the Charity as we were unable to recruit enough registered and qualified professionals to meet the increasing demand for therapy for children impacted by abuse. Working with children is a very specialised area and we were finding real gaps in experience, in particular experience of working with very young children who have been sexually abused. Sadly, that is one of the areas of increasing demand"
Delivery is an innovative mix of theoretical and practical sessions delivered by qualified experts with many years of experience. The next course starts in January 2019 and there is already a lot of interest in it.
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Daphne Lockwood said:
"We are really proud that the hard work we have put in over the last 3 years has culminated in this prestigious recognition. It is another step along our path to becoming a Centre of Excellence in our field."
Anyone requiring further information can contact Jenny by emailing email@example.com
From July 2018, the way that people are supported through the Safer Cornwall domestic abuse and sexual violence (DASV) pathways is changing. The service was retendered as part of much larger single contract for delivery of DASV services for all ages through the Safer Cornwall Partnership. The new service is led by First Light, CLEAR and CRASAC are not part of this referral pathway.
We continue to provide a full range of therapy for children and young people linked to or experiencing abuse. Our therapy services can be spot-purchased by organisations or individuals and we have opportunities to part or fully-fund some children and young people according to need, through a range of grant funding.
Support for children, young people and families is our upmost priority and we will do everything we can to make the transition to the new provider of services. All new referrals through the DASV Pathway will be directed to First Light. Any children currently supported by CLEAR who are funded through the Safer Cornwall contract will continue to be supported until they have completed their therapy.
Our Clear4Schools Programme will continue to be available to schools across Cornwall, including our new Peer Support program, funded by the Big Lottery.
Our continuing adult and family services include psycho-education support for parents and carers; therapy and counselling for victims and survivors of abuse, including child sexual exploitation; and therapeutic support to help people who are unable to return to work due to trauma-related stress and anxiety.
We continue to build on the strengths of CLEAR and CRASAC, including our Learning and Professional Development Programmes and look forward to launching our new Centre of Excellence in 2019.
We need additional funds and resources to ensure we can meet the needs of all vulnerable CYP in our Cornish community, will you stand with us and give what you can to help children heal and reduce the cycle of abuse?
No donation is too small whatever you can give, toys, art materials, musical instruments for our therapists, chocolates and wine for raffles, vouchers to use with CYP to make happy memories, cash donations, sponsorship, or making us your nominated charity that would be great. It will make a world of difference to a child or young person whose life is shadowed by abuse...
We hope that as a part of our community you can understand the importance of the work we do and will stand with us to continue to provide a much-needed service to our community.
If you have an idea or can be involved in any way we'd love to hear from you.