Open Secret – Forth Valley and Scotland-wide
Open Secret is a community based organisation providing confidential support to individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by childhood abuse or trauma. Working with survivors of childhood abuse, their families and non-abusing parents, Open Secret aims to create awareness of abuse in childhood and ensure that it doesn't happen in the future.
Established in 1994, Open Secret’s services are available primarily in the Forth Valley area, but some aspects of its service are available throughout Scotland. Holistic services include individual support and counselling for survivors, early years support to families with children under 8 who have experienced abuse/trauma, support for survivors of in-care abuse, experiential therapies such as EMDR/EFT and prison services. In addition, Open Secret's Stronger Together Project provides awareness-raising sessions for parents/young people/professionals on child sexual exploitation. The organisation also works closely with other agencies to ensure survivors can access various streams of support needed at that time.
Primarily focused on supporting survivors of childhood abuse, in 2008 Open Secret changed its constitution to work with all types of abuse.