IMARA

IMARA

At a glance

Causes

  • Children / families
  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence
  • Counselling / advice
  • Criminal justice
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Mental health
  • Young people

Other details

Geographical remit: 
Regional
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Objectives

Imara provides an early intervention service to children, teenagers and safe family members after a disclosure of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA). Referrals come direct from Nottinghamshire Police Child Abuse Investigation Unit (CAIU) in order to reach children and families in a timely manner at this time. Our mission statement is that victims and families recover and rebuild their lives after a disclosure of child sexual abuse and that recovery starts as soon as the disclosure is made, through our early action.

The work focuses on supporting child victims who have experienced familial child sexual abuse; child on child abuse or abuse from adults in a position of trust, recognising that these categories of abuse carry a significant betrayal of trust, take place within an established relationship or are complex as they relate to children exhibiting sexualized behaviour.

The service promotes joined-up thinking, supporting all safe family members to access the service as parents, siblings or victims, utilising practitioners with therapeutic, legal and advocacy skills and promoting communication and information sharing with the child’s network.

There is no other local provision providing comprehensive early intervention throughout the Criminal Justice Process. Feedback from stakeholders confirms the high level of need of survivors and the value placed on our specialist interventions. 

Activities

Initial visit by Trauma Practitioners to meet clients, introduce service, gain consent for information sharing, collect demographic data, complete outcomes measures and identify key priorities for client and family to begin process of recovery. Practitioner provides information about the state of the Police investigation and translates as necessary.

Practitioner team then create action plans and initiate advocacy/therapeutic assessment as appropriate and at venue agreed with clients.

Practitioners provide:

  • ongoing support throughout police investigation, CPS decision-making and court procedures as appropriate, offering updates and answering any queries.
  • 3-6 therapeutic assessment sessions for victims and any other safe family members. Provision of early intervention strategies; psycho-education and assessment of dissociation and acute stress symptoms with ongoing referral into counselling services as appropriate.
  • interventions relating to any immediate health, employment, education, benefits and housing difficulties that are creating distress for family. Offering practical advice, supporting client to attend meetings, advocating on behalf of family e.g. managed move of school for child who faces exclusion and writing letters of support.

All practitioners attend multi-agency meetings as appropriate and provide informal and formal consultation and teaching regarding trauma and child sexual abuse.

Family action plans reviewed on a monthly basis. Outcome measures repeated at each discreet piece of work.

We provide information in an accessible manner for children and adults using talking, drawing, demonstrating and playing.

Our interventions are provided in a trauma informed way, promoting safety, resourcefulness and stability to reduce distress and emotional dysregulation.

The interventions are designed to empower clients, focusing on the direct dilemmas they may be facing in the immediate here and now and adjusting to the individual needs of the clients. This requires our practitioners to work in a flexible and responsive way, working with clients in partnership to ensure that Imara activities create the core conditions for recovery.

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