We work to improve young people’s self-esteem, confidence and coping strategies, as well as completing age-appropriate safety planning, and exploring their individual wishes, feelings and emotions. 

As well as the work we carry out in schools to raise awareness of domestic abuse, we also run regular programmes with specific aims, such as The SafeAware project, which works with vulnerable young people aged 13 to 21 years, who are identified as such by social care, the police and those working in education; however, young people can also self-refer. 

Being a victim of, or a witness to, domestic abuse can adversely affect children and young people. This could impact their sleep routine - they may experience nightmares or flashbacks, with some reverting to wetting the bed, for example. There may frequently complain of tummy-aches and headaches or they may appear anxious, fearful or depressed.

They may act younger than they actually are or start to experience problems at school. They could become verbally aggressive, have temper tantrums or test the boundaries imposed on them. Alternatively, they may be no trouble at all; whilst this sounds positive, it could mean they’re internalising their feelings.

Free confidential counselling

Children and young people’s services

We offer group work and one-to-one support in schools and other communities of young people, and offer a range of activities, delivered in sessions, which cover:

  • What is domestic abuse?

  • Healthy relationships

  • Sexting and online safety

  • Revenge porn

  • Strategies for managing anger and conflict

  • Consequences of abusive actions

  • Grooming and child sexual exploitation

  • Consent and sexual health

  • Confidence, self-esteem and coping strategies

  • Safety planning

Work focuses on safety within relationships, online activity, improved self-esteem and confidence, as well as educating young people about what constitutes abuse and how to keep safe. In particular, we work with young victims who present as being at significant risk of harm through domestic abuse, sexual violence, child sexual exploitation, coercive control, honour-based violence or forced marriage.

 

The project also features work with groups of young people who are already involved in perpetrating behaviour, some of whom may have been victims of domestic violence in childhood. We work to address historical issues that may have led to perpetrating behaviour, but fundamentally, we will challenge negative behaviours and look at the consequences of such actions.

Landline : 08000 198 668

Mobile (text only) 07534 617 252

Charity Number : 1007317

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