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What is Jigsaw?

It is a programme that aims to help children, young people, parents and carers who have alleged sexual abuse. This is achieved through:

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  • listening
  • supporting through difficulties
  • offering appropriate confidentiality
  • exploring ways to keep safe in the future.

They are a team of professional helpers with experience of working with the issue of alleged sexual abuse.

Children and young people from 3 to 18 years old, parents and carers of these children/young people.

Jigsaw sessions are arranged through your Social Worker working for Children's Social Care.

Ten. The first session is an introductory meeting between the child/young person, their parents or carers, the Jigsaw Worker and the Social Worker.  The other 9 sessions are individual sessions with the Jigsaw Worker.

Often at the Contact Centre, but it could be somewhere else, where it feels comfortable and safe for the child/young person.  Transport is arranged at the first meeting.

Often 9 sessions are enough, however some children/young people need more time and this will be open for discussion.

Children's Services Values

These are our values:

  • The welfare of the child is always our highest priority
  • A child needs a secure and permanent relationship with a familiar group of adults
  • We achieve the best outcome for a child by working in partnership with parents, the child and the family as a whole, and actively seeking their views
  • The most effective services for a child and his/her family are provided when the community and all appropriate agencies work together for the benefit of the child.

In the first instance, we advise people to talk to the Social Worker working with the child/young person.  If that fails to resolve the problem, please contact the Complaints Manager.

Social Care offices are located in six towns across the County.