Project information

Foundation's Domestic Abuse Children's Service

Children are often victims or witnesses of domestic abuse suffering emotional, psychological and physical problems that without intervention can continue into adulthood. Our project will offer support to children and young people assisting them towards a healthy adulthood and greater resilience.

September 2011 - September 2014

Charity information: Foundation

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  • Need


    More than 25% of young people report that physical violence occurred in the home during their childhood and for 5% this was frequent. In North Yorkshire children were present for 17% of domestic abuse incidents. As a result children often experience behavioural, emotional and physical problems. In some instances young people become perpetrators themselves. Intervention will help children and young people to overcome behavioural, emotional and physical problems.


    Our project will provide a specialist service delivered by a professional Play Therapist. Children/young people who have been victims or have witnessed domestic abuse will be referred by partners and our existing Domestic Abuse Service based in Scarborough. Working on a one-to-one basis or in groups the project will offer non-verbal counselling, play coaching and art therapy - music, dance, visual arts, dance, movement, film and puppetry. This will build resilience, emotional and mental health.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To promote resilience, emotional, psychological and physical well being in children and young people


    » Provide a specialist play therapy service using an evidence-based approach
    » Employ a Play Therapist to deliver the service in an Activities Centre and from schools across the district
    » Promote referrals from partner organisations and the Scarborough Domestic Abuse Service
    » Promote and market the Play Therapy Service to partner organisations and other stakeholders

    What success will look like

    Success will be.measured via psychometric tests, behavioural records and formal and informal feedback from parents, children/young people, and schools.

  • Impact


    In the long term it will help project beneficiaries to have a healthy adulthood enabling them to cope better, manage their emotions and deal with problems. We will measure their emotional and mental health and monitor improvements in behaviour during and after intervention has taken place. Intervention will help to prevent children becoming perpetrators themselves and we will monitor incidents of domestic abuse across the district as well as providing domestic abuse sessions at local schools.


    Loss of the Domestic Abuse Service in Scarbough is the main risk that would affect this project. We will seek to ensure that this service continues by monitoring service outcomes, working closely with commissioners and promoting the DAS across the district.


    The Play Therapist will compile quarterly reports detailing the number of children and young people who have benefited from the project and the positive outcomes that they have achieved. We will also provide case studies to provide individual examples of how the project has achieved and its impacts.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £127,219

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      Amount Heading Description
      £72,321 salary Play Therapist salary for 3 years
      £34,776 project costs equipment, travel, training, monitoring/evaluation,materials & room hire
      £20,122 management line management, office accommodation & associated costs
  • Background


    The Play Therapy service will be based with our Scarborough Domestic Abuse Service but will cover all of the Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Districts of North Yorkshire. The service will be provided from premises in Scarborough town centre and from schools across the area.


    Children, young people and their families living in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale districts will benefit from the project.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a track record of working with the target group and achieving positive outcomes. Foundation has successfully helped to support vulnerable groups for over 25 years and achieves high levels of engagement with some of the hardest to reach individuals. We have trained and skilled staff who are committed to the project and to it aims.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Diana Wicks

    Diana will deliver the Play Therapy service to children and young people She has significant experience and professional qualifications.

    Izzy Birley

    Project management for the project and line management for Diana.