A dedicated team of ‘Children and Young People’ ( CYP ) development workers provide support to children and young people under the age of 19 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 the CYP team which is made up of experienced individuals with expert knowledge and a clear understanding of the affects that domestic abuse can have on young people. 

Individual support

Each young person will have an opportunity to receive individual support where they can develop a plan tailored to their specific needs.  Each plan will have clearly defined achievable goals set within agreed time scales, in full 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 our refuge.

Group support

Children’s group sessions take place each week in every Women’s Aid refuge in RCT. 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 at a time where they may feel isolated. Each month there is a different theme that sessions are based on, 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, improve physical development as well as thinking and problem solving skills.

Moving from refuge

The CYP team actively works to ensure the transition between a refuge and the community is as smooth as it can be – this begins when the family first enter a refuge when children are allocated a key worker and a tailored support plan which will identify and ensure that emotional, educational and health needs are met. The team will continue to support the child / young person through their 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.