Support For Children in Refuge
Our children and young people’s team understand that leaving your home behind and coming into refuge can be scary but there are plenty of ways we can help you settle in
Support For Individuals
Our dedicated children and young person’s team can offer support to those aged between 6 – 21 years old
Support For Groups
Groups can be an excellent way to make friends with others with similar experiences. All of our groups are fun and interactive
Support for children and young people in refuge
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.
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.
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.
We understand that sometimes speaking to someone over the phone is easier than in person. Maybe you can not leave the house or you are limited on time. To help we offer a telephone support service so that you can speak to someone when the time is right for you.
We provide tailored therapeutic support to Children and Young People in the community aged 6-18, who have experienced domestic abuse at home or in their own relationships. We provide a safe place where they can talk about their experiences and feel supported, every CYP has a tailored package of support around their own individual needs.
Areas of support can include:-
- Dealing with the effects of domestic abuse
- Anger management,
- Sleep and nightmares,
- Dealing with emotions and worries,
- Building self-esteem and confidence,
- Substance misuse,
- Self-harm & suicidal thoughts
- Sexual exploitation
The RISE team provides specialist support to children and young people aged 6-18yrs old living in RCT through a range of interventions.
- To provide a comprehensive range of prevention and early intervention education and learning opportunities.
- To enable CYP to live in a safe environment that supports physical and emotional wellbeing.
- To provide access to play, leisure, sporting and cultural activities.
- To ensure CYP have the best possible health and are free from abuse, victimisation and exploitation.
Our range of group programmes are tailored to the specific wants and needs of each group. Our experienced facilitators deliver age appropriate activities following initial assessment with each child or young person to assess suitability as part of course content design.