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Project information

R.A.V.E (Reducing Aggressive and Violent Episodes)

Donations make a difference and will help reduce violence in the homes of vulnerable children.
Your donation will allow us to give ongoing bespoke support to families with children aged 5 - 18 years old who are dealing with child to parent violence.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Learning Links (Southern) Ltd

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  • Need


    The problem we are trying to solve is that of child on parent violence increasingly present in chaotic homes but are often hidden, unacknowledged and untreated. This can lead to social isolation, neglect and increased mental health issues.
    Our project aim is to improve and enhance the lives of children by reducing violence and repairing broken relationships and family bonds. Child to parent violence affects the parents, the child and the siblings.


    Non-Violent Resistance therapy (NVR) is technique developed as a psychological intervention for aggression and self-destructive behaviour in young people. NVR is designed to help parents and carers to:

    ● De-escalate, reduce anger and aggression in the interaction with the child.
    ● Take action aimed at promoting negotiation, reconciliation and restoration of fractured relationships.
    ● Build a support network between home, school and community.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce the number of violent incidences taking place in the home between child and parent.


    » We will deliver a 12 week NVR therapy course with wrap around key work support.

    What success will look like

    We will use parent self assessment at the start and end of the NVR therapy to measure distance travelled and feedback will be collated by associated partners E.g. social services

    Aim 2

    Increase families’ support network and reduce social isolation.


    » Key work support and graduate parent drop ins will increase the families support network and helping them engage with others.

    What success will look like

    We will use parent self assessment at the start and end of the NVR therapy to measure distance travelled and feedback will be collated by associated partners E.g supporters

    Aim 3

    Reduce children’s absence/lateness at school


    » We will use NVR therapy to help reduce the level of chaos in the mornings aiding a smoother transition from home to school.

    What success will look like

    We will use parent self assessment at the start and end of the NVR therapy to measure distance travelled and feedback will be collated by associated partners E.g Schools

  • Impact


    Families are assessed at the beginning of the project and then tracked and assessed once again at 3 month, 6 month and 9 month intervals. A final assessment is completed at 12 months (or sooner if this is appropriate as not all families will require the 12 months of support and intervention) once the family is at the point of leaving the project and the case is closed. We will help reduce violence in the home and give long term support to ensure the changes they have made are sustainable.


    The risk that could influence the success of the project is the lack of accessible funding for low income families facing child to parent violence we have previously sourced funding from external partners or by utilising pupil premium.
    When they do look for help and support there is a lack of understanding from other professional bodies we have dealt with this previously by joint working and sharing knowledge with all agencies working alongside the families.


    We will produce a monthly newsletter featuring updates, good news stories and case studies. We will also report on figures after the NVR therapy has been completed.
    We update our social media sites on a regular basis.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £27,433

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      Amount Heading Description
      £18,050 NVR therapy 6 courses for up to 6 families per course.
      £7,943 Key work support Wrap around key work support for each family.
      £1,440 Materials/equipment Parent manuals, handouts and reconciliation gestures.
  • Background


    Learning Links is a local charity that works at the heart of deprived communities to equip individuals with the skills, confidence and motivation to improve their lives and communities. Working mainly within Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight (IOW).
    We have the ability to deliver this service through Skype on a 121 or group basis meaning that we could deliver this nationally.


    The grant will benefit disadvantaged and vulnerable children aged 5 - 18, and their families (36 families over the period of 1 year) for which child to parent violence has become a pattern from which they are struggling to break free. The course has been proven to effectively deliver positive outcomes for children with special educational and additional needs who often require a different response to traditional parenting programmes.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Learning Links team have been trained by Partnershipprojects the UKs leading NVR training provider. Our level of expertise ranges from foundation to advanced certified. We also have a robust internal training programme for staff and graduate parents to ensure the best outcomes for families.
    We have recently re evaluated our NVR delivery model and worked collaboratively with Partnershipprojects to ensure our delivery evolves and grows inline with he needs of our customers.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Emma Kennedy

    NVR practitioner who will lead NVR therapy delivery

    Rebecca Sellen

    NVR practitioner and key worker who will deliver early interventions with families who have identified multiple and complex needs.