Child and Family Therapeutic Service

What is the Child and Family Therapeutic Service?

The Child and Family Therapeutic Service (CAFTS) believes all children have the right to live free from the harmful effects of abuse. CAFTS offers free counselling to children, adolescents and families who have been impacted by child sexual abuse.

The experience of sexual abuse for children is traumatic. It often results in them feeling confused, frightened and alone. For families it can lead to worry, shame and disconnection from each other.

CAFTS supports children to reduce the harmful effects of child sexual abuse by offering support that focuses on repairing the impact of trauma, strengthening attachment relationships, improving family functioning and educating community systems.

CAFTS offers group counselling programs for parents and carers. CAFTS aims to educate parents, carers, schools and communities on child sexual abuse and abuse prevention programs.

Who is CAFTS for?

  • Children under the age of 18 years who have experienced sexual abuse and their families.
  • Adolescents and children who have, or are at risk of engaging in concerning, problematic or harmful sexual behaviour; and their parents and siblings.
  • Parents and families who require support to address the impact of sexual abuse on themselves, in order to provide a safe and protective environment. 

How do I get involved?

Contact us on the details provided. 

You can refer yourself or someone you know, or you can be referred by Department for Child Protection and Family Support or other agencies. 

How do I get in touch?

Call 1300 663 298

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Download the CAFTS brochure here