Swindon Women’s Aid provides a Children’s Service that offers practical and emotional support to parents and children up to the age of 18, who have experienced or witnessed domestic abuse. The service is available to families living in emergency refuge accommodation however, children in the community can access courses. This service offers safety, support and specialist activities to help and assist parents and children identify and overcome the negative impacts of living with violence and abuse.
The Service is based within the refuge and can provide:
- A safe, welcoming and friendly environment for children to enjoy social activities with others going through similar experiences
- An on-site Children and Young People's Support Worker for children to accesss 1 to 1 key support sessions. This is with the aim of helping to keep them safe, developing resilience and improving social skills and self-esteem.
- Access to a fully equipped playroom with resources for children to progress.
- Group work that focuses on recovery, building healthier coping skills for future.
- Providing mothers with the support to safeguard their children, through practical advice such as to get children into local schools and services, and advice on positive, assertive parenting
In the community, the service provides:
- Healthy relationship education - promoting awareness in schools and youth group of abusive and controlling behaviours, and identifying protective measures through activities. This is adapted for both primary and secondary school aged children and phelps to prepare them, should the domestic be occuring within their family or in their own relationship.
- Training for professionals who work with children and young people on the identification and risk associated with domestic violence and abuse, as well as how to support a child to recover. This includes delivering training on behalf of Swindon's LSCB( local Safeguarding Children Board).
- Advice and support for professionals via the 24hr helpline. 01793 610610.
Our Children's Service also facilitate The Children and Young Peoples Recovery Toolkit.
The Children and Young Peoples Recovery Toolkit is an 8 week programme, of weekly sessions, for those aged between 8+ who have experienced or witnessed Domestic Violence/Abuse. There are two age groups,ran independently of each other. The main aim of the sessions is to explore how children and young people may have been affected by domestic violence and abuse.
For more information on this Recovery Toolkit, please see the training page on our website. Referral forms can be downloaded on the training page.