CF Service 

True Child & Family Service provides therapeutic and education services specialising in sexual assault, sexual abuse and sexually reactive behaviours. We work from a trauma-informed base and understand the specific impact trauma has on a child's development. Our therapists employ a variety of modalities including play, art, experiential, expressive, narrative and talk therapies. Counselling is free, confidential and always at the child's pace.

The Solander Centre
182 Grafton Street
Cairns QLD 4870

PO Box 1678
Cairns QLD 4870
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P 07 4031 3590
F 07 4031 6017
E csas@true.org.au
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Who we work with

  • Children and young people who have experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse
  • Children and young people who display sexually reactive behaviours
  • Children and young people who require Personal Safety Education and Safety Planning
  • Non-offending family members, carers and significant others
  • Professionals seeking advice or secondary consultation.

What is child sexual abuse?

  • Kissing, touching or holding a child in a sexual manner
  • Exposing a sexual body part to a child
  • Sending sexual images or messages to a child
  • Persistent intrusion of a child’s privacy
  • Showing pornographic material to a child
  • Having a child pose or perform in a sexual manner
  • Forcing a child to watch a sexual act
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Penetration and/or oral sex

Impacts of sexual abuse

Some children show signs of distress immediately after sexual abuse, whereas others might not show signs for some time.

Signs may include:

  • feeling anxious or hyper-vigilant
  • having trouble sleeping
  • difficulties making and maintaining relationships
  • depression
  • withdrawal
  • self loathing
  • self harm
  • aggression
  • confused thinking and/or possibly engaging in sexually reactive behaviours.

Sexually reactive behaviours

Sexually reactive behaviours (SRBs) are behaviours considered outside age-appropriate healthy sexual exploration.

SRBs may be solitary in nature or involve others. These behaviours need to be considered in the context of the child’s life and addressed accordingly.

The presence of SRBs does not necessarily mean a child has been sexually abused.

Personal Safety Education

All children have the right to be safe from abuse.

True Child & Family Service provides Personal Safety Education to ensure children are informed about their bodies and their rights, and given strategies to help keep themselves safe.

Safety Planning

Safety Planning involves considering all aspects of a child’s life and creating a plan to optimise their safety and protection. This approach mobilises and coordinates a network around a child to improve their overall safety outcomes.

How to support a child who has been sexually abused

  • Remain calm
  • Be a listener, not an investigator
  • Be sensitive and supportive
  • Tell them you believe them
  • Reassure them they are not in trouble
  • Talk about their right to be safe
  • Inform the Department of Child Safety and/or the Queensland Police Child Protection Investigation Unit (CPIU)
  • Contact True Child & Family Service for professional support

 

Other services which could help

Department of Child Safety    Phone 4052 9500 
Kids Helpline   Phone 1800 551 800
Lifeline   Phone 13 11 14
Sexual Assault Helpline

Phone 1800 010 120
1800 RESPECT

Phone 1800 737 732