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Family Portrait

Helping families impacted by child sexual abuse and indecent images.

We help parents and families re-emerge into life, full of hope and excited about their future again - because with the right support, you and your family can thrive again!

How Can We Help You?

Couples Therapy
Female Patient

Supporting families with phycological education and equipping them to handle challenging childhood behaviour.

CSA Family Support

Therapy & Counselling

Qualified and experienced team coming alongside parents/carers to help them unpack the events and learn to thrive again.

Support Group

Support Groups

New spaces to restore and refresh as parents/carers build friendships with others who really understand.

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Professionals Support

We help professionals with referral support, advice and partnerships with agencies and police to support families.

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Real Family Stories

More and more families need our support because sadly, disclosures of child abuse are rising. We stand with those families and they have given us permission to share a bit of their story, so you can see how we might be able to support you.

Our Goal

For strong, safe, stable families where children can grow, and parents can thrive.

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About Us

We are ACTS FAST and we support families who have experienced significant childhood trauma.

We help families who have been affected by childhood sexual abuse deal with the impacts of the traumatic experiences and help them grow again so that everyone can have a brighter future. The impact of CSA is of course devastating, and disclosures often come like an exploding atom bomb, out of the blue. It can significantly impact every corner of a family’s life – they will never be the same again. The good news though is that by finding ways to manage the emotions, together we can develop strategies with a family so they can re-gain their hope and see increasingly brighter days ahead.

 

Our support is always tailored around the family, helping the “secondary victims” of the abuse regain their strength so that they can support their child with therapeutic tools for daily life. We provide support to the child’s family in this way because we know that there is very little specialist support for them. They are often very alone with no one to stand with them. We help them with their own emotions and show parents therapeutic skills to support their child - giving all the family the right environment and the skills to thrive again.

 

We also support families where a loved one has been involved in accessing indecent images. The dark secret is exposed, often out the blue, and life changes for the rest of the family from that point on. There may be children in the home, as well as the non-offending parent who is left with the devastating shock of what their partner has been accessing online. We’ll stand with the non-offending parent, will always listen to them, and will help support their emotional wellbeing so that they can regain their strength and thrive again. Although very different circumstances, we’ll stand with a family using our expert knowledge and therapeutic skills to compassionately help them navigate their next steps and rebuild their lives.

 

With our support, families are compassionately supported so that what has happened doesn’t have to stop everyone in the family having a brighter future.

Together, we can help families find strength and rebuild their lives for hope filled futures.

How Can I Refer to You?

Simply complete the relevant form below and return to us by email. We usually respond to every request for support within a few working days. If you have a question before you fill the form in, please get in touch.

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Supporters and Partners

The National Lottery

Supporting a significant part of the charities work, TNL are helping make challenging and important work possible.

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WANT TO TAKE US TO NEW LIMITS?

Terrific trustees are not only a necessity, but they make a real difference.
YOU could be the trustee superhero we need!

We're looking for new trustees to join our friendly team and help make the lives of families so much better. We are a team that stands with families following a disclosure and we help them with compassionate emotional and therapeutic support.

 

Trustees help make that possible by keeping us on the straight and narrow and give their views and skills to make us a stronger and better charity.

We would love to hear from you if...

  • You're located anywhere in the UK

  • Can volunteer a couple of hours every few months

  • You have any sort of professional or life experience (doesn't need to be related at all!)

  • You want to know your time is making a real difference to people in their darkest hours

For information about joining us, it's a simple process and the info can be found in this pack and form:

Our Passionate Patrons

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HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset
Mr Angus Campbell

We are delighted to have the continued support of Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset - Mr Angus Campbell.

Angus Campbell served for many years in the Army Air Corps. Since then he has focused on his farming interests and local politics. He served as Leader of both North Dorset District and Dorset County Councils. He was Chair of the Dorset Olympic Board and of the Strategic Leaders Board for the South West. He has also been a Governor of several schools in the County.

Mr Campbell was appointed to represent the Crown in Dorset and we are delighted to have such an experienced and dedicated individual connected with supporting families affected by CSA ad IVOII here in Dorset. We are very thankful for HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset's continued support and encouragement.

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Robert Montagu

We are delighted to have the honourable support of Mr Robert Montagu as a Patron of ACTS FAST.

Robert has a wealth of experience in supporting families going through some of their most challenging times. As a qualified counsellor and Systemic psychotherapist, he works with individuals, couples and families.


Robert is passionate about the recuperative power of all people to respond to life crises and overcome difficulties at every level. His work builds on the natural ability everyone has to rise to challenges even when they seem impossible. As a professional skilled in Non-profit Organisations, coaching, family therapy, strategic planning, and medicine we are delighted to have him a part of the team! Robert also supports the fantastic work of The Family Counselling Trust.

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Jonathan  McKinney

Jonathan is a key supporter and champion of the charity, having an extensive and comprehensive background in policing and safeguarding.

Jonathan spent over 29 years in the police force, having spent a significant amount of that time investigating serious crimes against children and at risk adults. His experience included specialising in interviewing children and adults with learning disabilities and communications challenges. His work also included active paedophile investigations and  sex offender management with the police.

 

Jonathan now leads the team at Training Matters Dorset, equipping a range of professionals in all safeguarding matters for children and adults. He is an expert trainer in safeguarding and we are delighted to have him as a Patron of ACTS FAST.

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