A Frankie worker is a trained counsellor who sees survivors of sexual abuse for 1 to 1 counselling sessions outside of the PARCS building.
Who can access the service?
The PARCS Frankie Worker outreach service is offered to individuals aged 0-18 living in Portsmouth, in the following postcode areas: PO1, PO2, PO3, PO4, PO5 and PO6. Individuals seen by the Frankie Worker service must be, or have been, open to Social Services at some time in their lives.
Referrals for counselling are accepted from individuals and from professionals on behalf of individuals by calling our office on 02392 669513.
Please note to access this service Social Services have had to have been involved.
Once referred, the individual is contacted by the counsellor to confirm that their name has been placed on the waiting list. On reaching the top of the list and when the next counselling space becomes available, the individual is again contacted by the counsellor to arrange an appointment time.
The first appointment lasts a maximum of an hour and a half and it is the time for the counsellor and client to decide whether PARCS Frankie Worker service is appropriate for the individual, the basic counselling process is explained and any initial questions can be answered.
The Initial appointment can be conducted in the home with the young person and the parent, or just with the young person if that is preferred. Once that has been conducted, the location for counselling will be decided based on where is most convenient for the young person, whether that is at school, in a family centre, a GP surgery or Civic offices.
How many sessions are offered?
The counselling provided is for a maximum of 18 sessions but may be shorter depending on need. Sessions will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis, and the aim of the review is for both the client and the counsellor to monitor how things are going.
Counselling is available regardless of how long ago the violation(s) took place. Often people seek counselling some years after a sexually abusive experience; others seek support soon after the incident.