Visible Project, Leeds
Our goal is simple: we want to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for adult survivors of child sexual abuse.
At Visible, we are a catalyst for health and social care services system change across Leeds and beyond. We encourage, shape and instigate this change, using the experience of survivors to influence every aspect of the way we work.
Home of the Leeds Trauma-Informed Charter
Visible led on creating this document, which states our beliefs and commitment in Leeds towards establishing effective trauma-informed practice; and by, doing so, better meeting the needs of adults who’ve experienced childhood sexual abuse.
Podcast: Visible Voices
Members of the Visible Reference Group discuss their experiences in this series of podcasts.
Policy Statement Sign Up
Visible is about giving organisations and practitioners everything they need for doing what they realistically can to help survivors of child sexual abuse.
Mindwell is the mental health website in Leeds
- Find out about support in the city
- Understand common mental health problems
- Take care of your wellbeing
The importance of trauma-informed practice
More than anyone else, survivors understand the realities, impacts and complexities of childhood sexual abuse, and that means their insight is priceless.
Current and recent work
Visible is a catalyst for health and social care services system change across Leeds and beyond. We encourage, shape and instigate this change, using the experience of survivors to influence every aspect of the way we work.
Research shows an undeniable link between childhood sexual abuse and negative life outcomes, sometimes lifelong. Since the Savile Inquiry in 2012, services have seen a rise in the number of people talking about abuse they suffered in the past, sometimes many years or even decades ago.
This section supports any organisations aiming to raise awareness of the prevalence and impact of child sexual abuse, and to improve service responses. It also helps them produce their own plans for filling any gaps in their workforce competence, or their policies.
‘Visible is a powerful catalyst for change, inspiring city leaders to take action together for survivors whose needs have not been recognised since they were children. Visible works to ensure the conversation includes everyone.’
We bring services together at strategic, organisational and frontline levels.
We identify and share best practice, the latest information and research, and high-quality training.
We give staff the awareness, skills and confidence to work more effectively with people who have experienced child sexual abuse.
We influence policy-making and commissioning practice, and help others to take action to improve how they work.