The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is celebrating 25 years of protecting children from abuse, and 15 years of Circles development and the Stop It Now! Campaign and Helpline Find out more
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation (LFF) is one of the original Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) pilot projects funded by the Home Office. We started our first Circles in 2002, and together with the Hampshire and Thames Valley Circles Project helped to pioneer and establish CoSA in the UK.
Since 2002 we have set up and maintained more than 65 Circles across the UK. Our Circles have been funded by a mixed economy of central funding, grants, charitable trusts, and collaboration with statutory agencies, MAPPA and other community and faith groups.
Current service delivery; Circles Midlands
We are actively running Circles in the Midlands region, covering the West Midlands, West Mercia, Warwickshire and Staffordshire. Circles Midlands is now a partnership between The Lucy Faithfull Foundation, the four local area MAPPA SMB’s (Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements; Strategic Management Boards) and Central England Quakers. We remain committed to the development of Circles and the delivery of the CoSA model in the Midlands area.
We are a full member of Circles UK and as such comply with the Circles UK “Code of Practice” and “Practice Guidelines”. All our Circles are designed to offer support to the core member (the person they are supporting) at the same time as holding him/her accountable for their actions. Volunteers act as a safety net for both the core member and the community. We believe that by helping the core member to develop appropriate life skills and self-confidence alongside healthy adult relationships, it is possible to maximise the chances of the core member successfully reintegrating into society and living a “good life”, thus preventing further harm to any children. To achieve this, Circles Midlands works collaboratively with the statutory agencies, MAPPA (police and probation services) and Circles UK the umbrella organisation for CoSA. Our staff have a wealth of experience in all aspects of Circle activity including volunteer recruitment and training and core member selection and assessment.
Being a volunteer
Qualifications and or previous experience are not required to become a Circles volunteer. We have had volunteers from all walks of life, from a barrister to a vicar and from a furniture-maker to a young mum. Circles need people with a mature outlook on life generally. Anyone wanting to volunteer will be given full Circles UK accredited training and will be DBS checked. Once you are part of CoSA you will have access to on-going support and training from Circles Midlands.
If you would like to discuss a Circle referral for a potential core member or just want more information about our Circles, how to volunteer and where we are recruiting please use the contact details below
Simon Sauze Operations Director: email@example.com
Steve Davies Project Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org mobile 07943 805263
For more information visit our websites
www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk - our main charity site which gives an overview of the Foundation and our work.
www.stopitnow.org.uk - the website for our Stop it Now! campaign and confidential helpline (0808 1000 900). The helpline is available to anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse, including those worried about their own thoughts or behaviour towards children; adults worried about the behaviour of another adult, or a child or young person; professionals, and adult survivors.
ww.get-support.stopitnow.org.uk - a website hosting information and support for people troubled by their sexual thoughts about children and young people; help to cope with unwanted feelings and urges; and guidance about how to manage problematic behaviour.
www.get-help.stopitnow.org.uk - an online self-help tool for those concerned about their online behaviour, or that of a loved one. It offers information and advice for users of illegal online sexual images, helping to cope with difficult emotions and to change problematic behaviours. The site also holds a section for professionals working with those who have problematic internet behaviour.