The children’s service provides children and young people who have/are experiencing domestic abuse with a child centred package of therapeutic support, both on an outreach and refuge basis.
The CYP’s service operates within a holistic framework working on a one to one and groupwork basis as a result of a comprehensive assessment process. The outreach service works with CYP for approximately up to a year but this is dependant on the needs of each child. For CYP living in our refuge a follow on service is offered to support the transition period between safe refuge accommodation and reintegrating into the community.
In addition to our structured packages of support, the CYP service offers activity based programmes over the course of the year to include various outings, residential trips and parties which promotes opportunities for peer support, building positive relationships/friendships in terms of CYP’s social development.
Communication with CYP affected by domestic abuse and trauma is often difficult initially due to often being silenced and having trust issues. We therefore offer a range of non directive tools to accommodate this. Evaluations and questionnaires are a combination of written and pictorial work which is annonimised and displayed within the service.
CYP service operates on a three tier basis covering crisis support and information in the form of issues such as personal safety. Intermediary support and advocacy includes the expressing and managing of emotions, feelings and relationships and how that impacts on behaviours. Whilst ensuring CYP’s views and wishes are met in the form of representation at statutory meetings such as Child Protection case Conferences/Discussions, Children’s Hearings, School Meetings and other relevant multi agency settings.
Longer term support includes building and managing positive relations and future aspirations. A further strand to the work carried out in the CYP service is raising awareness of domestic abuse sessions within environments such as education and childcare providers. Also, addressing gender based issues within secondary schools.