Funding for Acts Fast
The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC) has awarded funding to Acts Fast, a Dorset-based charity.
At present, there are gaps in services and a lack of statutory support in place for non-abusive parents, carers and families following a disclosure of child sexual abuse. Acts Fast aims to fill this void, by providing a dedicated counselling service, as well as drop-in sessions run at locations in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorchester.
PCC Martyn Underhill said: “With OPCC funding, I am delighted that Acts Fast will continue to provide much-needed counselling and support services across Dorset. It’s hard to imagine anything worse than learning that your child has been sexually abused.
“Acts Fast is a unique charity that aims to alleviate the isolation and distress experienced by the non-abusive family, who should not be left feeling lost, struggling with the trauma while also trying to meet the needs of the victim/s. Acts Fast has stepped in many times, helping families in Dorset to pick up the pieces.”
The funding for Acts Fast has been awarded through the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) Victims’ Fund - a grant allocated to OPCCs to specifically be used to support organisations providing a service to victims of child sexual abuse.
The funding will support Acts Fast’s future sustainability, enabling the charity to employ an additional member of support staff to maximise service delivery and provide further resilience to meet demand.