Writing Group Guidelines

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To make sure that all members are able to get the most from the group and feel comfortable in the space, we have some guidelines we request everyone follows.

Recording will not be allowed. The recording function will be disabled and we ask group participants not to record the session on their own devices.

We ask that you access the group in a private space and would prefer that cameras are kept on for the duration of each session – please speak to us if you have any worries regarding this. If someone else should become present in the space (perhaps a partner or children in the background), please turn off your camera and microphone, let us know why through the chat function, and return to the group when that person has left the room.

Please note that the groups aren’t therapy – the emphasis is on creative writing –  you can expect writing exercises and online company with other survivors of CSA. We would like to highlight that we will all be at different points in our healing journey and ask that you be mindful and respectful of this. There might be survivors in the group who feel they have received justice whilst there might be some who have never disclosed. Some of us will have accessed therapy, some might not. Our aim is to make sure the environment is supportive for everyone who attends and for everyone to feel their voice is heard. 

Alongside this, we also ask that what is said and written in the sessions remains in the sessions. They must be completely confidential, ensuring that we all have agency and ownership of our own stories and work.

Patricia and Sophie are survivors and not therapists. There will be wellbeing support in each session provided by SARSAS and this person will be available for you to speak to privately during the session, if necessary. They can also signpost you to further support, should you need it outside the group setting.

If you have any questions about the group, these guidelines, or can no longer attend, please feel free to email The Flying Child  at admin@theflyingchild.com.


These groups are for survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA). They will be carefully facilitated, and care will be taken to guide people away from relaying graphic content, but we can’t guarantee that content won’t feel uncomfortable, triggering or distressing. Wellbeing support will be provided at each session and participants will be encouraged to do what they need to keep themselves safe, including to leave the group if necessary. Should we feel concerned about you following a session and are unable to speak to you directly, we will try to get in touch with the trusted contact you have provided. The Flying Child CIC, Sophie Olson, Patricia Debney, and SARSAS can’t take responsibility for any distress caused. Participants will be signposted to further support at the end of each session, verbally and in a follow up email.

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