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The Brighter Futures Programme
SERICC’s Brighter Futures Programme aims to enable families/carers to make confident, informed, choices which they feel are right for the children in their care. Under this programme SERICC provide an integrated, intensive and highly personalised offer of help intended to support and equip families to learn and apply parenting skills that develop resourcefulness and resilience while strengthening positive relationships with their children. The 12 week programme is reviewed at 8 weeks and depending on the complexity of a case, it can be extended for continued support if needed. The weekly sessions are for one or two hours, depending on the resources being used.
Who is the Programme for?
The service is specifically designed for Thurrock families/carers who have experienced any form of sexual abuse including childhood sexual abuse, sexual violence and / or sexual exploitation at any time in their lives. We work together with the family, including children and young people, to agree a support plan to ensure recovery by building confidence, understanding and rebuilding parenting capacity. Emotional well-being issues are explored through appropriate therapeutic support.
Direct Work with children aged 4 to 12 years old
(children being referred outside of the Brighter Futures Programme)
We are funded by Thurrock Council to provide a limited number of spaces per year for direct work with Thurrock children who have made allegations of sexual abuse or who are showing early signs of sexualised behaviour.
On receipt of a referral, an initial assessment is undertaken. An age appropriate programme of work is planned, focusing on child sexual abuse, sexualised behaviour, sexual violence including sexual exploitation, safety awareness raising and education for parents and/or children. We propose between 8-10 sessions per child, which is reviewed midway.
Online referrals can be made by professionals, completing individual referral forms for each member of the family being referred for either the Brighter Futures Programme or Direct Work for a child via www.synergyessex.org.uk or www.sericc.org.uk