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About

ACTS FAST are a specialist team of caring professionals who support parents, carers and family members who have been affected by Child Sexual Abuse (CSA), Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), sexual assault and Indecent Images of Children (IIOC). 

We believe nobody fits in a box, but we offer compassionate support to families in 2 highly specialised ways:

 

  1. Non-abusive parents, carers and adult family members of children who have suffered Child Sexual Abuse (CSA), Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) or Sexual Assault.

  2. Adult family members and partners of individuals who have accessed Indecent Images of Children (IIOC)

The Independent Inquiry Child Sexual Abuse  (IICSA) published in October 2022 explains "Evidence shows that CSA does not just impact on the lives of victims and survivors, but can also have adverse effects on their families. The impacts experienced by non-offending parents – and, in particular, mothers – as a result of their children’s CSA victimisation can mirror those outcomes experienced by victims and survivors.

 

CSA can affect all aspects of parents’ lives, including areas like physical health, personal relationships, employment and financial stability, over the medium to long term. Rates of trauma (in this case in the form of ‘secondary’ or ‘vicarious’ trauma) and emotional distress were found to be high among non-offending parents.

 

Parents can find it challenging to support a child who has been victimised at a time when they themselves might be struggling to cope with the emotional and practical strain following CSA. This can create a vicious circle in which the support that parents are able to provide to their child is compromised, thereby reducing the child’s chances of experiencing resilience or recovery."

We work with a large range of partners and statutory agencies across the UK, supporting families who are living with the consequences of CSA, CSE and IIOC . We take referrals on a very regular basis and often family members get in contact because they have nowhere else to turn to for help.

ACTS FAST believes that by supporting secondary victims we create a foundation that allows families to heal from trauma and lessens the impact of abuse on society. We are proud to be one of only two charities nationwide whose sole purpose is to support this client group.
 

ACTS FAST registered as a UK charity in 2014 and since then has been on an evolving journey to provide trauma support, counselling and group work for families. Everyone's journey is different, so we stand with families for as long as our support is still helpful; empowering parents, carers and family members who in turn support their children.

At the moment we don't support children directly, we strategically support family members, the secondary victims, so that they can go on to support their children in the long term. 

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ACTS FAST believes that by supporting secondary victims of trauma we create a foundation that allows families to heal and lessens the impact of  trauma on society and future generations.

Our Mission

Our Mission

We are here to support families who have been affected by CSA, CSE and IIOC, providing trauma support, counselling and group work.

We provide early support so that parents, carers, partners and families can recover and thrive again in shorter amounts of time, helping limit any negative impact on wider society and future generations.

We empower family members with skills, understanding, compassion and holistic care to support themselves and their children.

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Our Vision

To live in a world free of CSA and the painful fallout from when people access indecent images.

Increasingly becoming the UK leader in trauma informed therapeutic support for families affected by Child Sexual Abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Assault and Indecent Images of Children.

We want to change the standard of support for families so that they receive specialist care, can access support in a timely manner and be equipped to thrive again.

 

We will be the organisation that brings hope to families going through some of their darkest times.

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Our Values

Compassion

Understanding

Honesty and integrity

Empowering and equipping

Encouraging

Excellence in equality

Nurturing well-being

Helping fulfil potential

Protecting Justice

Embracing Joy

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Governance

As a small UK registered charity, we want to steward and handle all our resources in the best way possible. It is increasingly expensive and challenging to successfully operate as a UK charity, but we have a fantastic board of trustees who help us do just that. Our current board of trustees:

Simone Walls-Macdonald - acting Chair

Noel Spreadbury MBE - Treasurer

Dr Terri Cole (BU) - Trustee

Dr Ching-Yu Huang (Keele) - Trustee

We are currently looking to recruit and grow our fantastic team, so if you or someone you know would like to bring their professional skills to support our team, please get in touch.

Registered UK charity number: 1157675

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