Peer-support group

Protect Children arranges peer-support groups for parents and guardians whose child has become a victim of a sexual crime. 

The goal of the peer-support groups is to strengthen the ability of parents and guardians to support their child during lengthy criminal proceedings. In the groups, parents and guardians can share experiences, thoughts and feelings in a safe and confidential space with others who find themselves in similar life situations.

The principal goal of the group is to recognize and strengthen the survival skills and resources of parents and guardians as well as to discover new perspectives. The group is led by highly experienced specialists from whom the parents and guardians can also receive additional guidance to navigate their situation.

The strength of parents and guardians is fundamental in the recovery process of the child and of the entire family. The child’s parents and guardians are crucial and in a primary role in supporting the child during the various phases of the criminal process and to guarantee a normal daily life as far as possible. Through the peer-support, guided by specialists, many parents have received support for difficult situations as well as information and strength to move forward.

“The groups are led with great expertise. It feels safe. You can be yourself. With those powers, that you have today. There’s space for discovery. You also receive valuable practical guidance in a difficult process” Parent, peer-support group.

The groups are held in Finland and participants can participate from any Finnish region. The meetings are arranged remotely. The group is free of cost for the participants.

“Sexual violence against a child is violence against the entire family. Every parent has the right to be heard and the right to receive support. Based on the feedback we have received from the peer-support group which started in the Spring of 2021, I cannot highlight enough the strengthening power of peer-support.” says Nina Vaaranen-Valkonen, Executive Director of Protect Children.

For further information:

Protect Children, Executive Director, Senior Specialist, Psychotherapist, nina.vaaranen-valkonen(at)