Helping children exposed to domestic abuse
Help us deliver programme’s in primary schools within Southampton for children exposed to domestic violence. Our free 8 week recovery programme uses age-appropriate techniques to help young children re-build their self esteem, form emotional resilience and ultimately stay safe.
Charity information: Southampton Women's Aid
1 in 5 children nationally are exposed to domestic violence and abuse. Over 1,000 children a year, in Southampton live with a parent who is at the highest risk of harm from domestic abuse.
Living in a home where there is domestic violence and abuse can have a serious impact on a child’s behaviour, development and well-being.
The impact of domestic abuse can occur even after the abuse ends and can last a very long time and it's vital we can reach these children as early as possible.
We have pioneered a programme which takes place within local schools.
Called Safe. Talk. Thrive. We use various age-appropriate games and activities to give children practical tools to help work through issues, build resilience, confidence and self-esteem.
A child aged 7 who recently attended one of the programmes said: “I was sad the course had to end. It was somewhere I could talk. I feel happier and I’ve made a friend
To deliver 4 x school programmes in 2018
Activities» Funding will help us roll the programme out to more primary schools as we desperately need to reach more children
What success will look like
By providing details and contacts of which schools have taken part in the programme, how many children have attended and develop a framework for specific outcomes
Living in a home where there is domestic violence and abuse can have a serious impact on a child’s behaviour, development and well-being. Domestic Abuse often also affects the bond between mother/carer (or the non-abusing parent). The impact of domestic abuse can occur even after the abuse ends and can last a very long time.
Taking action to get extra help to deal with the impact of abuse on children could make a huge difference to a child’s emotional, social and physical wellbeing.
Risks could be ensuring correct outcomes for children. We have however already been developing the programme and are confident the outcomes are favourable for the majority of children.
Through email and letter outlining amount of schools and children the programme has been delivered to along with specific outcomes
Budget - Project Cost: £5,500Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £5,500 School children programme Deliver four programmes to four local school
Southampton and surrounding areas. The city has higher than national average unemployment levels and a higher number of children are classified as Children in Need.
Over 1,000 children a year, in Southampton live with a parent who is at the highest risk of harm from domestic abuse.
Source: 2013 Census
Primary school age children (up to 11 years of age)
Southampton Women's Aid has been helping women, children and young people who are affected by domestic abuse in the area for 43 years. We provide a helpline for first response; on-going advocacy and support for those who are coping with abuse and its effects; pattern changing courses; help getting women back to work and programmes for children.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Linda is Southampton Women's Aid's Service Manager