"I felt scared when I first came to refuge with Mam but the workers were kind and really funny. I enjoyed joining in with the different games they played and made lots of friends"
Children and Young People within Refuge
A dedicated team of Children and Young People (CYP) development workers provide support to children and young people under the age of 25 living at our refuges.The aim of this unique service is to ensure that young people have access to support which is tailor made to their very specific needs.
This service is delivered by a the R.I.S.E team which is made up of experienced individuals with a wide range of knowledge and a clear understanding of the affects that domestic abuse can have on young people.
Each young person will have an individual support plan tailored to their specific needs. Each plan will have clearly defined, achievable goals set within agreed time scales and in agreement with the young person. Individuals will be encouraged to take ownership of this and to work closely with the team to ensure they achieve their goals before moving on to independent living group development sessions in refuge:
Each week children’s group sessions take place in all Women’s Aid in RCT refuges. The sessions allow the children to feel a sense of control and integration within the day to day running of the refuge children’s service in a time where they may feel isolated. Each month there is a different theme that sessions are based upon for example, emotional areas, social skills, domestic skills or topical themes. The sessions allow the children to socialise with others, be creative, develop self-confidence, learn about the world around them, physical development as well as develop thinking and problem solving skills or moving to a new home with their mothers.
The R.I.S.E team actively works to ensure the transition between refuge and the community is as smooth as it can be – This begins when the family first access refuge when children are given a key worker and have a tailored support plan which will identify that emotional, educational and health needs are met.
The team will continue to support the child/young person through the transition from living in a refuge to living in their new home – this may involve advocating on their behalf in relation to education, health and safe guarding needs.
Posted on: November 13, 2013