Advice for Children and Young People
In 90% of homes where there is domestic abuse, children are in the same or next room when it happens.
According to the Department of Health, at least 750,000 children a year witness domestic violence. In some cases, the children themselves will suffer physical or sexual abuse from the same perpetrator.
RISE offers special services to help children, young people and families affected by domestic abuse.
Rising Stars is a 6 week group for children aged 6-11. It focuses on ‘Protective Behaviours’ which is all about learning how to keep safe through a variety of fun activities.
The children learn about who we can talk to, what our bodies do to let us know we feel unsafe and what we can do when we have these feelings.
Parent Child Therapy
RISE has workers trained in the Parent/Child game with positive outcomes for families:
- Enabling parents and children to have the best possible relationships with each other.
- Improving the quality of parent-child interaction on a daily basis.
- Empowering parents with the relational resources which will enhance their child’s well-being on a long term basis.
- Enabling parents to feel deeply fulfilled in their parental role.
We offer one to one parenting work for women or for women and children together, working with a variety of fun activities. We offer advice and support around parenting issues such as contact.
We offer primary schools a programme to help them teach young children about healthy relationships by using the ‘Expect Respect’ Women’s Aid toolkit.
We also offer secondary schools consultation and inclusion in Citizen’s Day programmes.
We run a drop-in group for young people aged 12-17. This space is for young people to talk about their experiences of domestic abuse in a safe space with people of a similar age.
We offer one to one support for children and young people aged 6-18 years dealing with the effects of living with domestic abuse in the home.
Child & Adolescent Creative Arts Psychotherapy
Using the arts and play can help the young person express difficult thoughts and feelings which have previously been unexpressed.
We offer individual creative arts psychotherapy sessions to children and young people aged 5-18 years.
We also offer therapeutic groups for young people who are themselves in abusive relationships or who have experienced parental domestic abuse.