Founded in Spring 2017 by Siobhan Pyburn, Beam Project is a social enterprise set up to improve outcomes for everyone affected by child sexual abuse. We are pioneering a survivor-led approach to influencing training and policy, because we think lived experience should be at the forefront of tackling this issue. ‘Nothing about us, without us!’
2008: Siobhan shares her story of child sexual abuse in public for the first time, by creating a video with Fixers, which gets aired on ITV News.
2009: Siobhan turns 18 and waives her right to anonymity. Her story is shared in several press publications and other media, and she receives a national Vinspired award for ‘exceptional community impact’.
2010: Siobhan is named ‘national woman of courage’ by Lesley Pearse, and appears in Cosmopolitan magazine in their October issue.
2010-2013: Siobhan studies law at University and drops off the radar for some time, but continues to write and speak about child sexual abuse. She attempts to set up a student support group facilitated by herself and a counselling, but the idea is rejected due to concerns that encouraging students to come to terms with their abuse experience may negatively affect academic performance. Yes, really.
2014-2015: Siobhan moves to London, puts together a board of trustees and sets up a charity for young survivors of abuse. However, it doesn’t go well; the idea is shelved and Siobhan commits to her day job.
March 2016: Siobhan speaks at the first national NHS safeguarding conference, and realises there is a demand for learning from lived experience that is not currently being met. She begins delivering training nationwide.
June 2016: Quit the day job.
March 2017: Siobhan puts together an advisory team and starts writing in third person. Beam Project is registered. At this stage, around 1300 professionals have been impacted by Siobhan’s work, with testimonials to demonstrate the value of learning from lived experience.
July 2017: Beam Project secures funding from UnLtd via their Do-It award; opening up networking, promotion and venture-building opportunities.
‘I think you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned getting survivors of abuse to make the policies; such a great insight into this topic and thanks for such openness when answering questions’ – Alan Smith, Detective Constable, Cheshire Constabulary