Our services

Stepping Out is a safe place for survivors to heal. We walk alongside them in their journey, helping to recognise their goals and take empowered steps to reach them.
We offer a range of free, practical programs and services for female adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Our programs and services provide advocacy, address social isolation and encourage community engagement.
Our approach is trauma informed and tailored to the individual.

Who can refer:

  • Self-referral
  • Another service provider
  • Community housing providers
  • Health Professional
  • Family member or carer

How to refer:

Contact our office on 02 9569 6512 to speak to one of our specialist case managers or by completing the contact form on this website.

Stepping Out have supported me through some challenging times, they have encouraged me to stay strong and they have advocated to find accommodation suitable for me to be reunited with my children. I am truly grateful to my Stepping Out Case manager who was dedicated, patient and empathetic.
The ultimate reward was moving into a three-bedroom flat just before Christmas and being able to provide my children with a safe and loving environment.
Stepping Out were with me all the way, they provided social inclusion programs and educational workshops so that I would be fully prepared to be the best mum that I can be.

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Social inclusion programs

Social inclusion programs are held on a regular basis (generally weekly) in safe, inclusive environment where conversation is driven by clients and facilitated by professionals. Our Free programs address social isolation and promote connection and community for wellbeing. The activities include:

  • Restoration Yoga
  • Social Outings
  • Craft days
  • Pamper sessions
  • Art therapy
Case management

Stepping Out provides a case management service that respects all individuals, their choices, culture and values.

We apply proven case management principles supporting survivors to set their own goals and objectives. Together we work out timeframes, key milestones and identify external supports. The intensity and duration of this service is tailored to each person’s needs.

Our case managers are flexible, creative, ethical and empathetic. We understand the vulnerabilities and sensitivities survivors feel, our approach is always trauma informed and seeks to minimise the potential for re-traumatisation or harm.

As observers, guides, facilitators and advocates, we aim for our case planning to be holistic and to promote empowerment and wellbeing.

Centred on a survivor’s needs, our case management service includes:

  • Innovative group programs to build communication, living skills, grow confidence and self- esteem, and address social isolation
  • Referrals to mainstream and specialist services (health, drug and alcohol, legal and court support, housing providers and financial counselling)
  • Specialist support for survivors of child sexual abuse, such as counselling
  • Assistance with goal setting, psycho-educational group therapy, workforce transition and practical assistance such as vocational courses
  • Coordination and collaboration with other service providers to ensure an effective case plan
Skills workshops

We offer workshops to address the needs of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and related trauma, these workshops are facilitated by trauma informed professionals and may include:

  • Life beyond trauma
  • Living skills
  • Getting organised, staying on track
  • Money Minded – budgeting
  • Addressing hoarding and gambling

We are committed to using the latest research to ensure our workshop content is as effective and specialised as possible.

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Advocacy

We support all survivors to live in the community, according to their needs and strongly advocate for best outcomes within the community welfare sector. This can involve direct representation with agencies such as Centrelink, FACS Housing, Legal Aid and health professionals. We provide a voice when their capacity is limited.