Imara is a specialist service that supports children, young people and their family following a disclosure of child sexual abuse. Our referrals are received directly from the Nottingham Police Child Abuse Investigation Unit and we support our clients from a Legal, Advocacy and Therapeutic perspective. Unlike many services, who are limited to short pieces of work and interventions, Trauma Care support will be provided to families for a minimum of 12 months, including young people and vulnerable adults within the family network. They work closely with all the agencies involved in Safeguarding Children and Young People to ensure everyone has comprehensive, relevant and up to date information.
Imara aims to promote the recovery of children, young people and their families after a disclosure or discovery of child sexual abuse, by offering early intervention in the form of:
We aim to provide specialist support and relevant information in a sensitive and responsive way and thus empower children, young people and their families.
Throughout the process of supporting clients, we look at how they have been affected by the impact of recent serious trauma in their life and by the on-going investigation that has followed their disclosure and we continue to support them through the Criminal Justice System.
There are three main strands to support families, all of which are focussed on helping the victim and family to rebuild safety and regain stability.
Our Legal Trauma Care Worker will first visit the family to assess what support they may need before linking them with other TCWs in the team. Imara’s Legal support works to increase the active participation of the victim and their family throughout the Police investigation, the Criminal Justice Process and beyond, through:
After such a devastating event, we recognise that families may experience difficulties coping with practical issues, which previously presented no problems to them. Their family structure and network is also likely to have been affected by the disclosure, possibly leading to a parent or carer leaving the family home. Our Advocacy Trauma Care Worker works with victims and their families to increase their active participation in everyday activities, enabling their voices to be heard and understood.
Imara can offer therapeutic support, both pre and post investigation and trial, to increase emotional and physical wellbeing for the victim and their family, enabling them to cope with the impact of childhood sexual abuse.
Therapeutic Trauma Care Workers meet with victims and their families to assess their wellbeing, and focus on building their resources to aid recovery through:
We rely entirely on funding and donations to deliver the service that we offer. You can help support Imara by donating money, volunteering and organising fundraising events. For more information on fundraising for Imara, please contact us for a fundraising pack.
If your company operate a ‘charity of the year’ scheme or looking for a voluntary organisation to support, please email us and let us know how we can be put forward for selection.
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