Beam Project is a social enterprise set up by Siobhan Pyburn, a survivor of child sexual abuse. After publicly sharing her story of intra-familial abuse in the media, Siobhan brought together a team of people to develop training for healthcare, teaching, social work and police professionals, or anyone else who has a safeguarding role. Our aim to use our lived experience of abuse to create change in how concerns about abuse are handled at work. Learn more about Siobhan here.
Here’s what we can do for your organisation:
- Provide training on child sexual abuse, including: why children don’t tell us if they’re being sexually abused, how to have the kinds of conversations that can encourage a disclosure, and how to respond effectively. Our training is 100% survivor-led, which means that all those who have designed and deliver the workshops have direct experience of abuse themselves.
- Develop tailored training and resources for your organisation, with a focus on learning from direct experience to help intervene in cases where sexual abuse is occurring. We don’t claim to be able to prevent abuse before it happens; but we can tell you what would have helped us to speak out sooner.
- Speak and/or co-chair at safeguarding events and conferences.
Here’s what we can do for your young people:
- Siobhan is keen to speak to young people directly (14+) about her experience of abuse, how she managed to disclose, and how she has dealt with the aftermath. The aim is to use storytelling to motivate teenagers to speak out about abuse if they are experiencing it, rather than to use shock tactics or graphic details.
- We are developing a session on recovering after abuse, which we want to trial to see if it’s helpful to young people who are dealing with adversity and who are in need of motivation and support. For more information on this, please contact Siobhan at firstname.lastname@example.org
‘When thinking of all the women that have ever made an impact in my life, you are right at the top! What a godsend you were at such a trying time. Forever grateful.’
– Natalie, sexual abuse survivor
Take a look at what people say about our work, and feel free to get in touch if you think your staff would benefit from a powerful session of storytelling and reflection on what can help the children who are suffering today.