Welcome to Barnardo's Cymru Taith Service
We are an assessment and intervention service for children and young people aged 8 to 21 years who are alleged to have engaged in sexually harmful behaviour.
The Service employs specialist workers from professional backgrounds in child protection, youth offending and psychology. The Service comprises four full time practitioners, two part time practitioners, one full time administrator and one part time administration staff and is managed by Christine Short (Children's Services Manager).
We have experience of working in criminal and civil settings and regularly inform court proceedings. The Service received Consultancy from Dr Dawn Fisher and Richard Beckett (Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologists).
We believe that all children and young people have the capacity to change and develop. We aim to help prevent sexual abuse by children and young people by enabling them to learn to control their sexually harmful behaviour. The Taith Service also helps parents, foster carers and other professionals to support the young people we work with.
Almost 1,000 children and young people have been referred since the Service was established in 2000. Many young people with sexual behaviour problems also have compounding difficulties such as:
- abuse histories
- learning difficulties
- autistic spectrum disorders
- sensory impairments
- attachment and other problems
We employ a variety of techniques to engage children and young people, helping them to take responsibility for their behaviour and to move on to develop safe and healthy relationships.
The Taith Service is managed by Barnardo's and is a partnership with the following agencies
- Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
- Bridgend County Borough Council
- Cardiff County Borough Council
- Caerphilly County Borough Council
- City and County of Swansea
- Hillside Secure Centre - Neath Port Talbot
- Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
- Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
- Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council
- South Wales Police