Are you, or do you know a child or young person who has experienced abuse. CLEAR is a service that provides counselling support for children and young people between 0 and 18 years of age, who have experienced abusive relationships.

CLEAR is a unique therapeutic service working throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, offering support to Children and Young People, up to 18 years of age who have been traumatised by either direct experience or witnessing sexual, psychological or emotionally abusive relationships. CLEAR offers individual face to face therapy, group work, eco-therapy, Psycho-education for the non-abusing parent / carer, Healthy Relationships Education and Support for victims of Child Sexual Exploitation

CLEAR was formed 2008, as a charity to meet the needs of children and young people and their families across Cornwall that have been impacted by an abusive relationship. We offer a range of services, which include creative therapies such as art, music, drama, play, narrative and eco therapies, EMDR and family attachment work. We believe that children and young people and their families have the right to choose how they wish to work and have the opportunity to explore their sometimes-difficult feelings and emotions through a variety of approaches.

In addition to individual face to face therapy, CLEAR runs support groups "CLEAR Voices" where children and young people can share their experiences and difficulties in a safe, confidential setting, supported by therapists, which can help them to build resilience and self esteem with the support of their peers.

CLEAR provides an educational service to schools throughout Cornwall, the "Healthy Relationships" program, which aims to help students develop an understanding of the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and what to do if you think that you or someone you know is in a relationship that is unhealthy.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) can include many forms of exploitative relationships, including relationships that seem to be consensual. It often involves the young person being given affection, accommodation, money or gifts, alcohol or drugs. The exploitative situation limits the choices that the young person can make within their life and ultimately this abuse can be physically, socially and psychologically harmful. Boys and young men can be exploited as much as girls and young women but the way in which the exploitation of boys and young men is uncovered is often different. CSE is an issue that affects all children and young people, not just those that are vulnerable and already in abusive situations. CLEAR are developing our services to support those who are, or believe they know young people affected by sexual exploitation.

Our services are confidential but managed in accordance with the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) ethical framework and therefore where our clients are deemed to be at significant risk of harm or criminal activity, we may be obliged to share information in accordance with South West Safeguarding Procedures.


Find out more about the services we offer by clicking the headings below

  1. We recognise that sexual abuse or violence can be very difficult to talk about or ask for help with. CLEAR therapists have undertaken specialist training to work with children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse or violence, current or historical. We offer individual therapy with additional support for the non-abusing carer where appropriate. Our approach is to find a therapy approach that suits and meets the needs of the young person so that they feel safe and secure.

  2. Are you frightened because of things that are going on at home? This may be something that is happening to you directly or that you see happening that upsets you. CLEAR helps children and young people and their families who are affected by violence and abuse in the home. We offer individual one to one therapy (Counselling), group work and support for the young person and non-abusing carer.

  3. Bullying can take many forms and often leaves the victims feeling hurt, vulnerable, helpless or even ashamed. If you are being bullied it is important to get help, not only to make the bullying stop, but also to help you to recover from the impact it may have had on you.

  4. Children are at risk of serious sexual abuse as social networking sites and mobile phone services are used to “groom, bully and pursue” teenagers. We are able to offer long term support to victims of child sexual exploitation and their families including those who are vulnerable and at risk of exploitation.