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.

The CLEAR Annual General Meeting 2020 is at 6pm on 15 September 2020 in Truro.

Booking is essential so we can to choose a venue to ensure social distancing.

Please let Julie know if you are planning to attend by Monday 7th September - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01872 261147

AGM Update: this meeting will now take place on 28th October at 2pm - as above please let Julie know by Thursday 22nd to book your place.

CLEAR Ideas, our children and young people’s co-production group have an important message for their peers about what happens during therapy and how it can help.

You can see their animation video here

CLEAR Ideas help to keep us real and get involved in every aspect of the charity from development of new services to recruitment of staff.

Nicola Henderson, Children’s Clinical Lead at CLEAR, said: “We have a great deal of pride at CLEAR in the structured feedback and evaluation that is embedded in our clinical practice, demonstrating the effectiveness of our therapy and helping to inform our service development. But just as important is the voice of the children and young people who use our services. This video made by Freya, Freddie and Hannah is a lovely way to reach out to children and young people who may be worried about asking for help.”


CLEAR has teamed up with the Aviva Community Fund and Crowdfunder to raise funds that would make a real difference to the lives of twenty children – the fundraiser (which currently stands at over 90%) has been extended until the beginning of October to give it the maximum chance of success.

Carolyn Webster, Chief Executive of CLEAR, said: “The Aviva Crowdfunder is a great opportunity to for us to raise funds to help children through these challenging times. Many thanks to everyone who has supported us, we are so close to reaching our target.

We know that many children will be adversely affected by the restrictions arising from Covid-19. Whether that is increased risk of abuse to themselves, exposure to domestic abuse of family members; anxiety about parents or family members at risk because they are key workers; or trauma arising from separation and loss. The Aviva Community Crowdfunder will help these children and young people by funding a range of trauma-focused and creative therapies.”

At CLEAR we have a great team of therapists who are specifically trained to help children and young people aged 0-18 to heal from the hurt and harm caused by abuse and other emotional trauma. CLEAR has 12 years’ experience of working with children and our service is accredited by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. This means we meet high standards of clinical practice, safeguarding and good governance. We are the only accredited children's therapy service in Cornwall and one of only 3 in the South West.

As part of the campaign we are offering some fabulous and unique rewards. Click here to contribute to make a difference for children and young people in Cornwall.


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