We have looked at all the current information and guidance available to us in determining the way forward for our services.

In addition to our position outlined on 18 July:
For existing clients: where 1-2-1 work has started remotely, it will continue remotely unless there are pressing reasons why this should not be the case, and this can be undertaken safely.
For new clients: our overall direction of travel is a cautious move towards increasing the volumes of face to face work. This is likely to be accelerated for therapeutic work with children and young people. We will, wherever possible, continue to offer adult counselling by telephone or video call but where this is clearly not meeting the needs of the client then we can consider and undertake face to face work. Clients will be asked about their circumstances in relation to remote / face to face working as part of the referral process, but at the moment we will not be offering face to face work by default.


Previous Covid-19 statements are available here: 18 July, 25 March, 18 March

We will continue to keep our approach under review as the situation with the pandemic evolves.


Cornwall based Charity CLEAR, who support people of all ages impacted by abuse and trauma, in particular trauma that is linked to domestic abuse and sexual violence, have had their accreditation from the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) renewed for their Children’s Service for a further five years.

Carolyn Webster, Chief Executive said:  “The re-accreditation is a welcome endorsement of our continuing commitment to high standards of our counselling and therapy. This accreditation gives our clients and partners ongoing confidence in the quality and professionalism of all we do in supporting children impacted by abuse and trauma.
We are dedicated to the highest levels of care and support for people of all ages impacted by abuse and trauma. The need for our services consistently exceeds our resources to deliver and this is particularly exacerbated in Covic-19 pandemic.”

Sue Brown, Chair of the Board Trustees said:   “Congratulations to Carolyn and all of the team. The application process is rigorous and it is great to get feedback from the BACP assessor that included the observation on our submission ‘shows that CLEAR is providing a comprehensive, professional service to its users and for the benefit of the organisation’
This accreditation provides us with external recognition of the quality of our service. I am particularly proud of the fact that we uniquely offer support to people of all ages across Cornwall.”

BACP accreditation is a nationally recognised and valued quality status for practitioners, services and training courses that recognises the achievement of high standards of knowledge, experience and development in counselling and psychotherapy.


CLEAR are seeking new trustees who will contribute to the board with their experience in HR, financial management and corporate fundraising.

Sue Brown, Chair of the CLEAR Trustees, said: “We have a great Board of Trustees at CLEAR and in planning for the future we have identified a number of areas where we want to further strengthen our skill base.
We would like to hear from people who would like to help us make a positive difference in preventing, reducing and helping children, young people and adults to heal from emotional trauma, in particular trauma that is linked to domestic abuse and sexual violence. We are looking for people who have skills and experience in HR, financial management and corporate fundraising.
Thanks to funding from the Lloyds Bank Foundation Reach Volunteering are supporting us in this important step forward for the charity.”

The key duties of a charity trustee is to ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations. Each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

We are fully committed to increasing the diversity of our board. A more diverse board will understand better the needs of all sections of the community, offer a broader range of perspectives about issues, and be more creative in generating ideas and solutions. To this end we want to recruit people with different skills, life experiences and from different backgrounds. We would especially welcome applications from male candidates, BAME communities and young trustees who are all under-represented on our board.

Applications should be made via Reach Volunteering in the first instance.
In order to submit an application, please provide an up to date CV and a cover letter, explaining why you are interested in joining CLEAR’s board of trustees, how your skills and experience would add value to the organisation and any other relevant details.


In August 2020 the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) produced a report on our post qualifying Level 5 Diploma 'Working Therapeutically with Children & Young People'.

The Verifiers comments included:

"Tutor feedback is balanced, supportive and appropriately developmental . . . There is a clear sense of candidate engagement with client work that suggests safe, ethical and reflective practice . . . The case studies reviewed demonstrated a mature and reflective ability to work with young people"

"Part of the feedback [from students] reflects the heart of this course:
               ' Excellent criteria to develop my skills and knowledge to work safely and ethically with children and young                                      people. The presentations delivered were excellent and a real asset to the course structure'
A pleasure to verify."

Carolyn Webster, Chief Executive of CLEAR, said: “This independent verification report is very welcome – it endorses the quality of our course and the approach of out tutors. Our Centre of Excellence, in which the Diploma sits, is a key part of our commitment to the positive 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.”


We are proud to be launching our Beginning Together project - a weekly group for women during pregnancy and early motherhood. It is open to women between 18 and 28 weeks pregnant who have experienced an abusive relationship in the past.
The group will meet for 7 weeks prior to birth and then reconvene for a further 7 weeks where mum and baby attend together.

Carolyn Webster, Chief Executive of CLEAR, said:  “We are delighted to be kick-starting this important piece of work after it was delayed by lockdown. Although it is a small pilot project, the learning from it will help us to develop and strengthen the model so that it can be rolled out more widely.”

Beginning Together is fully funded by the Tampon Tax Community Fund through Cornwall Community Foundation. For more information, you can read pdf Beginning Together leaflet (1.62 MB) . Midwives can access the document referral form (158 KB) here.

Project Update: Because of the restrictions associated with the Covid-19 pandemic the start of this project has been delayed until early 2021.

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