Evidence shows that more than half of adult survivors of child sexual abuse feel they needed more counselling than was offered to them, and that often waiting lists are too long, counselling is too short, and provision is inadequate. Research also showed that 75% of mental health problems are evidenced by the age of 21, but that 75% of young people’s disorders are not detected or treated appropriately at an early age.
In direct response to these issues, Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane has launched a new dedicated counselling service for victims of child sexual abuse.
The service, called Frankie Workers, is inspired by Frankie, an adult survivor of child sexual abuse who is now in her early 20s. Frankie was considered a happy child, ‘gifted and talented’ until being sexually abused at a young age and over a number of years by a family friend. Frankie says she was not offered trauma support and was eventually sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Frankie believes that had her trauma been dealt with, she would have coped and recovered better.
The Frankie Worker service is available to children aged 0-18 years.
The Hampshire Frankie Workers are provided by YPI Counselling, a Basingstoke-based charity specialising in counselling for young people, and work closely with Hampshire County Council’s children’s services. Referrals to the Frankie Workers are made through Hampshire County Council’s Willow Team.
The Isle of Wight Frankie Workers will be provided by children’s charity Barnardo’s and accept self-referrals. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a referral form.
The Frankie Worker Service in Portsmouth is provided in partnership with Portsmouth City Council and Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service (PARCS).