Gweres Kernow

What is Gweres Kernow?

Gweres Kernow is a small team of specialist social workers and clinical psychologists who work in partnership with other services to safeguard children who have displayed concerning sexualised behaviour. We work with children of all abilities under the age of 18.

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Gweres means Help
Kernow means Cornwall

We balance the protection of others with promoting the young person’s own welfare and personal development. This gives the child/young person the opportunity to move on safely.

We provide:

  • Assessment and safety planning.
  • Direct work with children, young people and families.
  • Advice and consultation.

And contribute to:

  • Child plans
  • Court proceedings
  • Community safety
  • School inclusion
  • Placement stability

At the core of our harm reduction approach we assist the young person to:

  • Stay within their family
  • Stay living in Cornwall
  • Stay engaged in education or training
  • Stay out of trouble

Download the Gweres Kernow leaflet

For further information on the services available and how to access them, please view via the links below:

Gweres Kernow for children

The Gweres Kernow Children’s Service is aimed at helping primary school aged children who have engaged in concerning sexualised behaviour. The service helps these children and their parents / care givers and schools to gain the understanding, knowledge and relevant skills to support the child.

The service is designed to provide effective intervention suitable for this age group, identify the factors which have led to the concerning sexualised behaviour occurring and provide an intervention to address these factors.

Service goals

  • To help families and schools to manage and respond to concerning sexualised behaviour.
  • To support with safety planning at home and school that promotes inclusion.
  • To assist children and their schools and families to understand what is OK and not OK sexual behaviour.
  • To help with understanding the concerning sexualised behaviour in the context of emotional and social development.
  • To assist children to make safe choices for the future.
  • To consider the needs of children in relation to harm which they may have experienced and support them to get the help they need.

Gweres Kernow for adolescents

The Gweres Kernow Adolescents Service is aimed at helping young people of secondary school age from 11-18 years who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour. The service is designed to provide effective intervention suitable for this age group, identify the factors which have led to the harmful sexualised behaviour occurring and provide an intervention to address these factors.

Service goals

  • To help young people, families, schools and colleges to manage and respond to harmful sexualised behaviour.
  • To support with safety planning at home and school/college that promotes inclusion alongside managing risk of harm to others.
  • To educate young people about the law and consent.
  • To help with understanding the harmful sexualised behaviour in the context of emotional and social development.
  • To assist young people to understand and take responsibility for their harmful sexualised behaviour.
  • To help young people understand the thoughts and feelings they had prior to engaging in harmful sexualised behaviour.
  • To help young people understand the impact of their harmful sexualised behaviour and how they may have affected others.
  • To assist young people to make safe choices for the future.
  • To consider the needs of young people in relation to harm which they may have experienced and provide intervention regarding this where appropriate 

Advice and guidance is available to all professionals, carers and parents where a concern about a child or young person's behaviour is identified. This can be achieved through phone contact with any of the team, coming along to one of our consultation meetings, or as part of the TAC/TAF, Child in Need or Child Protection processes. 

Where you believe that there is an actual or a risk of significant harm contact the Multi-Agency Referral Unit in the first instance on 0300 1231 116.

Or for advice and consultation contact Gweres Kernow on 01872 326791.

Check out this short film about consent by Thames Valley Police.

 

Check out this short film from the NSPCC on sexting and sharing of images.

Your views are important to us. If you have any comments, compliments or complaints about the service we provide please let us know by writing to the Complaints Team.