Children & Young People

Children & Young People

The CYP service provides one-to-one support for children whose experience of domestic abuse is causing problems within their daily lives, including children and young people who might be exhibiting disruptive or abusive behaviour. We work to improve their self-esteem, confidence and coping strategies as well as completing age-appropriate safety planning and exploring their wishes, feelings and emotions. The workers support children living in their own homes as well as those living in refuge, and often conduct sessions with the child at their school. We also work in partnership with schools to raise awareness of domestic abuse.

We are currently engaged with six schools in Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Bolsover, delivering a variety of programmes.

‘We Can Change’: group work designed to offer support to children showing challenging and abusive behaviour. We cover healthy and unhealthy coping mechanisms, consequences of our behaviour and the impact on others.

Healthy relationships: group work exploring the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, including respect, consent and gender roles in society.

Women and Girls Safe (WAGS): one-to-one project for young females, supporting those at risk of domestic abuse, grooming and sexual exploitation.

For more information on the CYP service or to make a referral, please call 01246 540464 (agencies) / 540444 (members of the public) or email chelsea.whiteman@theelmfoundation.org.uk