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IMARA - Child Abuse Support

Imara is a Community Interest Company (CIC) set up in 2010 by Tamsin Baldwin and Cath Wakeman to offer early intervention support to children, teenagers and families after a disclosure of child abuse.

You may be interested to know that the word "Imara" is a Swahili word that we feel represents not only how children, teenagers and families survive abuse, but also what we hope Imara will enable families to achieve, namely empowerment, strength and endurance.

Imara aims to promote the recovery of children, teenagers and their families after a disclosure or discovery of child abuse, by offering early intervention in the form of:

  • Information, advice and consistent contact throughout the judicial process
  • Specialist assessment and referral on to appropriate support agencies
  • Support in accessing pre-trial therapy where it is required

We aim to provide information and support in a sensitive and responsive way and thus empower children, teenagers and their families.

We would expect that many people experience distress or emotional upset following an unpleasant incident, this is a normal response. For some this distress may become more prolonged and develop into Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Imara will work with families to identify if this is happening and make referrals to other organisations as necessary.


As we are such a small organisation, fundraising is crucial to our service.  

  • £10.00 will allow Imara Trauma Care Workers to travel 25 miles to see clients who need home visits.  
  • £50.00 will allow a full day of visits for a Trauma Care Worker.  
  • £100.00 provides a therapeutic assessment to a victim to reduce their acute stress symptoms.

If you would like to donate to Imara please do so via as they will double any contributions that we receive.  Alternatively, you can click on the donate button on this page.

For updates and news about Imara please visit our News & Information page