Imara CIO is a registered charity (1170331) that works to empower children and families in Nottingham to recover from the impact of sexual abuse. We are a small flexible responsive team and have built up a reputation as a reliable provider of support to children and families in Nottingham.
Our mission statement is that child victims of familial child sexual abuse and their families recover and rebuild their lives and that recovery starts as soon as the disclosure is made, through our early action. A timely intervention reduces the additional trauma of shock of disclosure, by quickly normalising emotional and behavioural reactions, providing strategies and advocating on families’ behalf, allowing them to regain confidence and draw on their resources.
We currently provide support from two perspectives: pre- and post-trial creative arts therapy, and impartial advocacy and legal support throughout and beyond the criminal justice process. We work with all safe family members as well as the victim, recognising the impact disclosure has on the whole family and also the corrosion of family relationships that results from grooming by perpetrators.
Imara has received approximately 35 new referrals from Notts Police Child Abuse Investigation Unit per year and is committed to working with our clients for as long as they want and need us, working actively to support approximately 100 individuals per annum.
Our referral pathway is set to change with the establishment of a new paediatric SARC and planned developments of local CHISVA provision, which we are looking to be involved in and will undoubtedly present new challenges to rise to in our determination for all young people in Nottingham affected by sexual abuse to receive the highest quality support they need and deserve.
Length of opportunity: Four weeks minimum
Salary/hourly rate: £7.83 per hour
The internship we are offering will consist of a self-contained independent project, involving aspects of research, networking and marketing. We are flexible to collaborate and negotiate with the student as to the specific topic and aims of the project, but our idea is to develop and improve access to and uptake of our service by individuals with disabilities and additional needs or individuals from minority ethnic backgrounds.
There is evidence indicating that children and young people with disabilities are at an increased risk and incidence of sexual abuse, but we currently receive very few referrals of children with disabilities and our active caseload does not reflect these statistics. Likewise, while our caseload is becoming more ethnically diverse, the clients we actively support still do not reflect the full diversity of Nottingham and we are sure there is more we could do to improve our cultural competence in providing services to clients from minority ethnic backgrounds.
A project into these questions could involve, for example:
- research into the national and local statistics regarding these groups and best practice. Researching potential barriers for them disclosing sexual abuse, reporting to police, being referred to our service or engaging and benefitting from our services.
- identifying and making contact with charities, research groups and organisations with expertise into these groups to establish connections and ask for guidance and resources.
- Developing press releases, blogs, social media posts and videos about their project and findings for our website, social media accounts and public communication.
There would also be opportunities for the student to contribute to ongoing and regular fundraising, monitoring, evaluation and research, and marketing and communication projects and duties within Imara alongside their independent project.
This would allow them to learn about the daily workings of a small charity and experience what it would be like if they go into the charity sector after graduating.
- Research skills – ideally from a degree discipline that involves an independent research project or dissertation
- Good written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively
- Initiative and motivation
- An understanding, knowledge of or interest in trauma, childhood mental health and adverse events, and sexual abuse
- Interest in or experience of the voluntary and charity sector
The outcome of the project could be to develop and present a proposal or set of recommendations to us of how we can better facilitate these groups to access and engage with Imara, or to raise Imara’s profile as an ally or safe space dedicated to supporting these groups and improving access to the service. We would also welcome a report that we can use to highlight this work to other stakeholders.