Supporting Children & Young People During Lockdown
We read this weekend about the high numbers of domestic abuse incidents seen or heard by children and reported to police in the last month. Encouragingly, this is one way that local authorities across Wales can identify vulnerable children during the coronavirus restrictions. Read more here.
Despite these restrictions imposed by the pandemic, our local teams have continued to deliver a number of key programmes to children and young people (CYP’S) by maximising on-line resources. These programmes have received a high number of referrals over the last 12 months and the teams continue to deliver the assessments and interventions to ensure all CYP’S who need it receive support.
Our Children and Young Peoples Service use evidence- based resources and toolkits to facilitate group sessions and one to one sessions in Calan DVS’ offices, schools, or within community settings. Our range of programmes include:
The Ar Trac team has provided support across Powys and NPT in a variety of ways, thinking outside the box to engage young people and parents under ever changing and current COVID-19 restrictions. We are engaging children online, providing appropriate support for their needs and facilitating sessions in schools to support young people who are attending. We are looking forward to when we can provide the whole programme of support and will shortly be meeting with the Ar Trac teams across Wales to evaluate the exciting work on the Pilot schemes. We are hoping that range of courses and support will be available soon.
The Star Programme is an evidence-based national programme for children and young people (aged 4-25). Developed by Children Matter (Welsh Women’s Aid). This programme is delivered in a group setting and addresses the emotional harm CYP have experienced due to domestic abuse they have witnessed or experienced. The programme is an hour session that runs once a week for ten weeks.
The Recovery Toolkit
The Recovery Toolkit for children and young people (ages 11-16) is an 8-week programme for any young person that has witnessed or experienced domestic abuse/violence and are able to take part in a group. It is unique in its approach using a combination of psycho-education, trauma focused cognitive behaviour therapy and person–centred therapeutic principles. The overall aims of the group are to help children and young people come to terms with their experiences and to develop positive lifestyle and coping strategies. This programme has been written for children who are no longer with the abusive parent.
Additional services our teams have delivered also include:
- Respect Young People’s Service – this service aimed at young people aged 10 to 18, develops interventions with young people who use violence and abuse in close relationships and who have experienced domestic abuse in the past.
- Teen Relationship Abuse – The RYPS toolkit is a comprehensive resource for those working with young people using violence against partners, ex-partners or family members.
In addition to the above programmes the Calan teams have continued to run 1-2-1 Sessions during which we offer individual support plans where the children receive tailored support for their individual needs. This can cover a range a of different subjects, centred around the CYP. CDVS also offers presentations to run within a PSHE/SRE session to educate students on domestic abuse, the different stages, the different types and the services we offer. We can also run workshops with activities for students to gain a more in-depth understanding of domestic abuse and healthy relationships.
You can see at first hand the programmes we deliver daily to children and young people in this video which was made by our team in Bridgend: