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Project information

Every Child Matters

423,000 children in London have experienced domestic abuse. No matter what a child has experienced, every child deserves a safe places to call home, food to eat, friendships to grow and positive experiences to learn from. Our Every Child Advocacy service will help each child reclaim their childhood.

April 2019 - October 2019

Charity information: Solace Women's Aid

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  • Need


    1 in 5 children in the UK will experience domestic violence, and they are more likely to experience behavioural and emotional problems (NSPCC).

    Children are forced out of their homes unexpectedly due to domestic violence and there are few support systems in place to ensure they can move on and reclaim their childhood.


    Our Every Child Matters project will ensure that the children across London experiencing domestic abuse will feel they matter, not victimised, and supported to become a survivor.

    Children affected by domestic violence need practical and emotional support to help overcome the harmful impacts of abuse. Our specialist support will enable the most marginalised of children to look to the future with renewed confidence.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Have someone to talk to, an advocate, and have their emotional needs met.


    » Support workers across our services, work 121 with each young person to ensure they are receiving the support they need.

    What success will look like

    When support is given on an individual basis Solace will receive verbal feedback and record, as it clearly shows the emotional benefits of building bonds with your key worker.

    Aim 2

    Support to attend school and with settling-in after being forced to change schools after abuse.


    » Support the child in attending and feeling safe, from getting them a new uniform, emotional support and practical help in the playground.

    What success will look like

    Talking to the child in refuge will show Solace that helping the child settle in to school helps them to feel safe. When leaving refuge the mother will complete a questionnaire.

    Aim 3

    Support Mum as the primary care-giver to maintain her resilience to parent.


    » Providing 121 and group support to the primary care giver is essential to creating a new safe house for the child.
    » Make sure each mum attends Solace’s Support for Parents group, to help them support their children after living in a home with domestic violence.
    » Support the parents and children to access community support and groups.

    What success will look like

    When community support is given they will complete an exit survey capturing their experience, and how the group helped them understand the experiences their child has gone through.

    Aim 4

    Provide activities for child and Mum to build strong bonds


    » Every child should experience new things in their community, such as celebrating Eid and Christmas, and be able to go on family days out.
    » Throughout the holidays Solace can organise day trips to help the children create new experiences and rebuild their positive childhood.

    What success will look like

    Support has been given to both the mother and child so they will complete an exit survey capturing their experience or produce a picture if they are very young.

    Aim 5

    Practical emergency support by giving food packs, clothes & essentials to bridge the poverty gap


    » When a child is forced to flee home we will give them the basics to feel safe and secure at home such as toiletries, food and play things.

    What success will look like

    Every woman and child reponds differently to emergency support. It is given on an individual basis Solace will receive verbal feedback to show the vital impact that they have.

  • Impact


    1 in 5 children in the UK will experience domestic violence, thus are more likely to experience emotional and behavioural problems.By addressing the violence and talking about what they have experienced we can make sure that they can come to terms and grow up feeling happier and healthier. Solace work with most women and children for up to three years, thus we can keep track of their progression and offer more direct support if it is needed once they are living their lives independently.


    We could have issues engaging children and women in the project, however previous experience running the project shows us that both groups engage actively and enjoy taking part.

    Without the funding we would not be able to provide experiences, therefore the really important area of this project that creates fun foundations for their futures.


    We will provide 2 anonymous qualitative reports, 3 months and 6 months after the project has started (June 2019 and October 2019). Furthermore at 6 months we will provide a quantitative analysis of how many the people the project supported.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,750 Key Worker (PT) To provide individual support to children and women after experiencing domestic abuse
      £2,575 Key Worker Support To ensure the key worker can provide the best support to everyone
      £5,000 Activities for 50 families So each family can create new experiences, and grow up to look back positively on their childhoods
      £2,973 Support for Parents Group To help every parent or carer understand the effect domestic abuse had on their child
      £2,702 Additional Costs To make sure we can support the family to the highest standard
  • Background


    Refuges in the borough of Lambeth. Lambeth has a total population of almost 3330000 it is one of the most densely population boroughs in London. Lambeth has 68020 children and young people, with 28% living in poverty. The proportion of children living in poverty is consistently higher than the rest of the UK (Data taken from the Key Facts from Lambeth Council Report, 2015).


    The children and young people in Lambeth where families have been forced to leave their homes due to the violent experiences they are being exposed too. Every child has the right to grow up safe from harm and feel loved, and violence in the home shatters a child’s basic right to feel safe and secure (UNICEF).

    We will make sure each child will have the building blocks to ensure their emotional and practical needs are met as well as creating new experiences.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Solace is the leading provider of domestic and sexual violence services in London. Working with 11000 women and children every year, 2314 children and young people. Our support for children and young people is at the heart of all the work we do.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Service Manager - Kossar Butt

    Will make sure that every child, and worker can provide or access this support

    Senior Manager - Jen Cirone (Interim)

    Responsible for ensuring the borough has the support from Solace’s central team to run the activities.

"If it wasn't for you I wouldn't be safe with my children in the refuge. I would recommend your service to everyone in need."

Asli was forced into refuge after her husband had bought her to the UK. With nowhere to turn her and her children were welcomed into Solace.