Children and Young People

Our specialist Children and Young People’s Team offer a range of age appropriate interventions designed to improve safety, provide a confidential space for children and young people to discuss problems and develop practical tools and coping strategies to combat the well-known impacts of domestic abuse

To access our children and young people’s support service please contact us for advice by calling 01639 894864 or email a completed referral form through CJSM to referrals@thrivewa.cjsm.net or in password protected format to referrals@thrivewa.org.uk

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One to one Support

A one to one package of support is tailored to therapeutically address emotional, and sometimes physical needs that have arisen as a result of living in a family that has experienced domestic abuse.Support is typically offered over 6-8 weeks depending on the needs for the child or young person.

Sessions will be delivered by a trained and knowledgeable member of staff, using a range of practical activities including play, art, and storytelling to cover topics such as:

  • What domestic abuse is and how to stay safe
  • Anger (what is it and how to manage it)
  • How to distinguish between emotions and behaviours
  • Healthy friendships and relationships
  • Developing confidence and self-esteem
  • Dealing with trauma and building resilience to manage the impact of domestic abuse
  • Developing personal safety zones and strategies

S.T.A.R Programme

The Safety, Trust and Respect Women’s Aid programme works with children and their parent/guardian to strengthen their relationship following domestic abuse. This programme enables discussion about their experiences, understanding of the impact of domestic abuse on the child and strategies to cope.

We offer a range of programmes including; Ages 4-6 and Age 7 – 11.


Recovery Toolkit for Children and Young People (RTKCYP)

The Recovery Toolkit for Children and Young People is a 10 week programme that builds empowerment, feelings of self-efficacy and confidence. It uses a blend of practical activities, games and discussions with the goal of counteracting the negative effects of domestic abuse and help young people to achieve positive future relationships with family members and peers.

The following themes are covered:

  • Identifying and addressing Negative Automatic Thinking.- Self-care and nurture.
  • The differences between assertive behaviour and aggressive behaviour.
  • Developing assertive behaviour and minimising aggressive behaviour.
  • How to manage difficult emotions.
  • Building positive relationships with family members and peers.
  • Identifying future goals and aspirations and formulating strategies to achieve them.
  • Building emotional resilience.

By running the adult programme concurrently, the parent gains a better understanding of the emotional journey that their child is on which helps to them to support their emotional development during the period of change and into the future.


Trips and Activities

We deliver ‘additional’ activities for children such as horse-riding, surfing, outdoor pursuits, rock climbing and more.

Access to challenging activities such as these are aimed at building resillience and supporting the child holistically to build confidence and self-esteem through engaging in new, fun and challenging activities.


RESPECT Age 16-25

RESPECT is well-established, tried and tested series of resources that are recognised as keystones of intervention provision within domestic abuse organisations.

By working with the individual to raise their awareness of acceptable and unacceptable behaviours whilst simultaneously developing self-confidence and feelings of self-efficacy we will provide a foundation for more positive family and interpersonal relationships.


Trips and Activities

We deliver ‘additional’ activities for children such as horse-riding, surfing, outdoor pursuits, rock climbing and more.

Access to challenging activities such as these are aimed at building resillience and supporting the child holistically to build confidence and self-esteem through engaging in new, fun and challenging activities.


Video Interaction Guidance (VIG)

Our specialist VIG practitioners offer support to parents with children under the age of 5 to help improve bonding and attachment issues that have resulted from domestic abuse.

What is VIG?

VIG is a bespoke method which involves filming an interaction between parent and child, and then editing the footage to 3 positive moments of interaction, this is then watched back with the client and discussed in depth.

This method has been widely approved to help with infant bonding and attachment between parents and babies. This method aims to improve communication and relationships. By focusing on the positives and recognising what parents are already doing well, it encourages that behaviour to be repeated.

How does it work?

  • A short 10 minute video recording is taken of an interaction between the parent and child.
  • The VIG guider will observe the footage and highlight 3 positive interactions between the parent and child.
  • The VIG guider will then meet with the parent and view back the highlighted footage.
  • Each cycle will include 4 VIG sessions spread over 9 – 10 weeks.
  • By focusing on the positives and recognising what parents are already doing well it encourages that behaviour to be repeated.
  • As a result the attachment bond between parent and child will be strengthened.

Individuals who have taken part in VIG have reported benefits in helping with bonding, attachment and parenting style. Participants say it has improved their confidence levels which has helped improve their communications and relationships with their children.

Other recorded benefits include:

  • Confidence in parenting abilities.
  • Building self-esteem.
  • Confidence in communicating with their child.
  • Encouraging play with their children.
  • Understanding how to communicate with their child better.
  • Improve the bond between parent and child.

Case Studies

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