Children and Young Peoples Adverse Childhood Experiences Recovery Toolkit
The Children and Young People ACEs Recovery Toolkit is an 8-session programme aimed at children and young people who have experienced and witnessed domestic abuse which is considered an adverse childhood experience. Many of the children and young people may have also experienced other adverse childhood experiences.
The programme is run in age groups to allow the facilitators to make the content age appropriate. It uses a combination of creative activities and group work to develop young people’s resilience and give them the opportunity to experience the healing of relational support. It provides information and education that enables children and young people to cope with the adversity they have experienced. Participants are given practical strategies to help them thrive in their daily lives by developing their resilience, increasing hope and enabling recovery.
Calan DVS’s Powys team recently ran a condensed programme with eight sessions over four days for three young people.
The feedback has been extremely positive with all participants saying that they learned something useful from the programme including:
- Grounding Techniques
- Being told that I CAN change
- I have learnt how to talk about my feelings.
The children and young people also felt that the programme helped to improve their relationship with their family stating reasons such as :
“I am much happier” “I have been more open with them” “No more rows with Mum”
“I have been better with my siblings” “I have felt better about myself “I matter”
In addition, feedback from the participants included statements such as:
- I feel more confident in myself
- I have been more open with people and a lot happier.
One young person said, “when my Mum said I was coming here, I felt sad and like I was broken, like I was unfixable. I thought this would be just another therapy session. It has helped me more than I can say. Thanks to all that have helped me.”
Feedback about our team who delivered the programme from other young people can be seen below:
All CYP’s would recommend the programme to others. And the illustration below provides further feedback from the children and young people from this programme. It clearly demonstrates the benefits and positive effects a recovery toolkit, which includes active participation, can have on those who have been faced with adverse childhood experiences: