Some of the NW centre projects and activities
Experts by Experience group member reading one of his poems at a recent poetry night.
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Freedom from Torture North West was set up in 2003 and was the first treatment centre outside of London and the South East to open, and was a response to the widespread dispersal of asylum seekers across the UK. The North West remains the highest dispersal area for asylum seekers in the UK.
The North West centre has been working with survivors for ten years and has a well established treatment centre operating in Manchester offering a range of psychological therapies to adults, children young people and families. Clinicians from the centre also offer training, supervision and consultancy to practitioners and services across the region in their direct work with survivors.
The North West Centre has delivered a Medico-Legal Report Service since 2004. This service de-centralised in 2010 and now also takes referrals for the Yorkshire and Humber region as well as the North West. For more information on our Medico-Legal Report Service, see our Referring Clients for Medico-Legal Report page .
The following services are provided at Freedom from Torture North West in Manchester:
- A psychological therapy service to children, young people, and adults who are survivors of torture
- A family therapy services to families that have been affected by torture
- Therapeutic and creative group work for survivors of torture
- Physiotherapy for young people and adults who are survivors of torture
- A Medical Legal Report Service for survivors of torture living in the Yorkshire and Humber and North West regions.
- Advice and support to local practitioners and organisations working with survivors and their families
- Training for therapeutic and mental health organisations working with survivors of torture
- Individual and group clinical or practice supervision for psychological therapists and practitioners working with survivors of torture
- A resource for survivors and agencies in the region on the needs of survivors of torture and support available to survivors in the region
Freedom from Torture North West covers the following areas: Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside, including: Birkenhead, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Burnley, Bury, Chester, Crewe, Darwen, Lancaster, Leigh, Liverpool, Manchester, Nelson, Oldham, Preston, Rochdale, Salford, Southport, Stockport, Warrington and Wigan.
Adults, children, young people and families affected by torture can be referred to the North West centre using the referral form below.
When someone is referred to us for psychological therapy, we ask ourselves the following questions when deciding whether to offer an assessment:
- Has the person/family been tortured or subjected to organised violence
- Is the person or family experiencing psychological distress as a result of torture or organised violence?
- Does the person's psychological distress affect their ability to function socially or in their relationships?
- Does the person present a risk to themselves or other people?
- Is there a risk that the person's psychological health could deteriorate?
- Is the person/family experiencing difficulties in the asylum process?
- Does the person/family experience difficulties in adjusting to life in the UK as a result of being tortured or subjected to organised violence?
- Does the person/family have a social support network in the UK?
- Have the person's relationships with significant others been affected by their experiences of torture or organised violence?
- Is the person/family currently accessing external services which are able to meet any or all of their needs?
- Are there any services the person could potentially access in the future?
When completing the referral form below, please give us as much information as possible.
If the person/family being referred for psychological therapy is seeking asylum, and you have consent; please include the following documents with the referral:
- Any documents you have related to the persons claim for asylum (e.g. witness statement, SEF etc)
- The stage of the asylum application process the person has reached
- Details of the person's legal representative, if any
If you would like to discuss a referral with us or have any questions about our referral process, please contact the centre.
We accept referrals from survivors themselves, GPs, friends and family, refugee community organisations or any other voluntary or statutory sector body. For an informal discussion about referring a client or for advice and information about working with survivors, please contact  the North West centre.