All children witnessing domestic abuse are being emotionally abused, and this is now recognised as “significant harm” in recent legislation. Domestic abuse has a devastating impact on children and young people that can last into adulthood.
Our Children and Young People’s Service offers specialist emotional and practical support for children and young people affected by domestic abuse.
Each child or young person is allocated a fully qualified Key Worker who will help them
- understand what domestic abuse is;
- how it has affected their lives; and,
- to help them achieve their aspirations – whilst ensuring their emotional and physical well-being are protected.
The Service offers:
- Integration into their new communities (schools, health care, community activities)
- One to One support
- Group Activities & Holiday Activities
- Access to relevant services to support their emotional and physical well-being
This support allows children and young people to explore and resolve the issues they have in relation to their experience of domestic abuse in a safe and confidential environment. It is important that children and young people are given this opportunity to be listened to and believed by someone they trust as it is an essential part of the healing process.
Children & Young People do not have to be living in refuge to receive this service. They can be referred by a carer, school etc. or refer themselves – both girls and boys !!
For further information, please do not hesitate to contact our office on 01236 730992.