Support for children and young people
We recognise the impact domestic abuse has on children and young people and the importance of supporting children from families where domestic abuse has been an issue.
We work closely with other agencies to provide a holistic approach to supporting families.
There is a Children and Young People’s Worker attached to both family refuges to provide one-to-one support and play and therapeutic activities.
In the Community
Our Children and Young People’s Workers also provide tailored support sessions and groups for children in the community.
Cyfannol Women’s Aid runs a mentoring programme for boys aged 5-16 who have experienced domestic abuse. The aim is to help them with behavioural challenges and managing feelings they might be experiencing.
A mentor will take the child out once a week for a year (under 11s) or once a week for 12 weeks (for those aged 11-16). Mentors encourage the child to find their strengths and make positive changes.
This project is run in partnership with Chance UK, with funding provided via Children in Need. If you would like to know more about the programme or becoming a volunteer, please download the leaflet contact us on 01873 859011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
STAR “Safety, Trust and Respect” is a project developed by Welsh Women’s Aid working with young children who have witnessed domestic abuse. The STAR Programme aims to reduce the potential for children to develop aggressive behaviour by facilitating better communication between children aged 7-11 and their non-abusive parent/carer, after the domestic abuse has ceased.
The programme supports the child to:
- feel safe
- express their feelings in a healthy way
- understand that the abuse was not their fault
- learn how to communicate more positively with their non-abusive parent/carer
The programme also supports parents/carers to understand how the abuse has impacted on their child, how to support their child to feel safe and to communicate with them better.
These outcomes are achieved by delivering two parallel groups over 10 weeks; one for up to eight children; and the other for their parent/carer. The groups run separately, but simultaneously. Topics run concurrently
across the two groups. Discussions in the parents/carers’ group are facilitated with the use of role-play and video clips, while in the children’s group therapeutic play, arts and crafts, and role-play with puppets is used.
Outcomes from the courses Cyfannol has run so far include:
• 100% of mums had a better understanding of the effect of domestic abuse on their child(ren)
• 100% of children felt safer
• 75% of mums felt more confident in their relationship with their child
• 80% of children felt more able to talk to mum about their experiences
Referrals to the STAR Programme can be made through other agencies or direct enquiries.
The Hideout is a dedicated space for children and young people to understand domestic abuse – who can help, how friends can support those encountering it and how to take positive action if it’s happening to them.
Developed by Women’s Aid, the Hideout provides children and young people focused information about what domestic abuse is, answers frequently asked questions, includes personal stories, quizzes, videos and games, as well as information on what they can do if they are experiencing domestic abuse and to dealing with their feelings. It includes quotes from celebrities and a virtual refuge which they can explore.
There is also a small section for adults with links to helpful resources.