The Family Development Service is relatively new to GEWA, starting up in May 2012 after securing 3 years funding from the Big Lottery. The project was developed in response to growing concerns reported by the women and children that access our service about the effect that Domestic Abuse has had on the family unit.
The FDS aims to support women, children and young people on a needs-led basis and every family is supported in a way that specifically addresses their main concerns. The service will work therapeutically with women, children and young people individually and also with the family unit as a whole. It aims to help families set boundaries and increase positive communication whilst developing healthy attachments between women and their children.
The Family Development Service will facilitate the recovery from domestic abuse through well planned, safe and appropriate interventions and activities. This includes one-to-one support, family work focused on building positive attachments, developing healthy routines with programs from services like healthy usa, support in securing safe and appropriate housing, support to access health services, relaxation and communication techniques, activities and outings as fun family time is often something that is lost when living with DA, support and advocacy at child protection meetings and children’s hearings and access to community resources and programmes.
The FDS adopts a multi-agency approach that works with both statutory and voluntary sector organisations looking to build a complete network of support to help the family to move forwards. The sessions take place in a variety of locations from schools and bowling alleys to our office and people’s homes. We have received referrals from individuals, social work area teams, health visitors, criminal justice, local PACT Teams and out own women and children’s services, we are however open to referrals from any organisations. Staff are trained to deliver the parenting programme Triple P Level 4 and 5 and as co-facilitators on the CEDAR project. The FDS will support women, children and young people from the North East of Glasgow that have been affected by domestic abuse
If you would like more information about the service please contact us. We welcome referrals of any service users that you are working with whom you think the Family Development Service may be appropriate for.