CLEAR helps lead the way in professional development opportunities, research and evaluation, evidence-based practice and continuous improvement of services for people impacted by abuse and trauma.

CLEAR is a Centre of Excellence in the development of practice relating to domestic abuse, sexual violence and trauma. We bring together and develop resources, expertise and evidence to support continuous improvement of services from prevention to intervention: locally, nationally and internationally.

Therapeutic Stories

For thousands of years stories have been used by us all to entertain, inform, and provide a sense of connection. And stories can play an important role in supporting children who need a bit of help with a social or emotional need. These therapeutic stories are stories created with the aim of providing hope, guidance and healing around a particular issue.

A therapeutic story about war

This story  pdf ‘The Middle’ (214 KB) is written by a play therapist and is available as a free resource to help make sense for children of the Ukraine war or any place that has conflict. 

When Stars Stop Shining

The journey of a small star and the support of the moon and other stars   pdf When stars stop shining PDF (2) (336 KB)


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We provide a range of opportunities for professionals from a wide range of agencies and organisations to develop their competence. This includes play therapy, developing an understanding of sexual abuse and domestic violence, safeguarding (both adults and children) and our Level 5 Diploma Working Therapeutically with Children & Young People.

Our fully accredited post qualifying Level 5 Diploma is in Working Therapeutically with Children & Young People and provides specialist training for practitioners interested in working with children and young people.

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