Hilary Devey

Fresh Start - New Beginnings

Fresh Start - New Beginnings is based in Suffolk and was set up to provide a therapeutic service for children and young people up to 18 years who have reported being sexually abused and to offer support for their families.

The aim of Fresh Start is to help children and young people make sense of the confusion they feel and to teach them coping strategies to deal with the difficulties they face.

They highlight their strengths and potential so that they are able to move from victim to survivor.

Fresh Start - New Beginnings offer:

  • A full assessment of the needs of the victim and their family in relation to the child's sexual abuse
  • An individually tailored treatment plan for each child victim
  • Individual therapeutic sessions
  • Group sessions for different ages and genders
  • Support, advice and information for parents/carers
  • Carer's group programme
  • Work with siblings
  • Professional consultations.

Fresh Start - new Beginnings also offer the opportunity for the full range of risk assessments to be commissioned. In addition Fresh Start can deliver training and workshops for professionals, as well as a variety of programmes for children, young people, parents and carers.