We have a child friendly approach throughout our services
The Refuge itself has a Children's and Young People's Support Worker who will assist mothers to find school and nursery places, help out with parenting advice, and work one-to-one with children and young people to make sure their stay is happy and safe.
The children and young people we work with in the refuge are often confused and traumatised by what has happened. They may have had to lose contact with their family, move schools, leave behind their friends and hobbies, and have to try and start all over again in a new area to rebuild their lives.
Our Support Worker will work closely with the children and young people to try to minimise the impact the abuse has had on them so that they can go on to enjoy a positive future and reach their full potential.
EXPERIENCE AND A HAPPY TIME
- Helping them to settle into the refuge
- Gaining access to new schools
- Making sure their needs are met by trying to integrate them into the local community
- Providing play sessions
- Providing one-to-one support
- Providing family sessions
- Organising family/group activities and outings
More information to help children and young people understand domestic abuse is available from www.thehideout.org.uk
Speak Out Speak Now©
The Speak Out Speak Now© programme is a 6 week information and awareness programme about domestic abuse and promoting healthy relationships.
It runs for 1 hour a week and is aimed at Young adults.
The overall aim of the course is to prevent domestic abuse - for young adults to gain the self-esteem and confidence to develop healthy relationships.
To have the skills to protect both themselves and others from harm and to provide them with the information they need to achieve this.
It is facilitated by two trained members of TDAS staff and has received great reviews and feedback from teenagers who have attended and teaching staff:
"I feel a lot more confident as I know what to look out for in case I have an unhealthy relationship and to tell the early signs when I enter a relationship."
"I found that the girls also have a better understanding of why people stay in unhealthy relationships.
The girls at the start of this course thought abuse was always in some sort of violent manner, TDAS have made them very aware that abuse happens in many different ways."
The programme can make a difference in the futures of all young people and help raise their awareness in order to equip them with the knowledge of domestic abuse and its effects.
If you are interested in TDAS delivering the programme for your pupils/young people or would like further information please contact the Services Manager on 0161 872 7368 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.