As part of Cheshire East Domestic Abuse Partnership, Crewe Women’s Aid are currently coordinating and working in partnership with other specialist services to deliver preventative and therapeutic community programmes for children and young people. All three programmes are currently running in various locations across East Cheshire. They are now accepting referrals for the next phase of programmes that will run from April 2012.
They would like to invite you to refer any child or young person you may identify as having difficulties as a result of being exposed to domestic abuse within the family or who are beginning to use violence and aggression to resolve conflict to one of the relevant programmes.
To make a referral please contact Michelle Richards on 01270 250391 or 07809480139 or if you would like any further information.
In order to allocate places for the next phase of programmes starting from April 2012 can you ensure that all referrals are returned by Friday 30 March 2012.
The Programmes available are
Acorns: The Acorns programme has been developed for children age 8-13 that may need help managing emotions and dealing with conflict. Children may be displaying aggressive or violent behaviour towards peers, family members or teachers. They may have frequent emotional outbursts and may struggle to build and maintain positive social relationships.
Acorns is designed as a preventative intervention, it seeks to establish positive protective qualities that will help children cope with a range of issues they may encounter.
Changing Places: The Changing Places programme has been developed for young people 14-19 who may need help managing conflict in relationships. Young people suitable for the programme may have a history of resorting to violence to try to resolve conflict. They may have a history of conflict in the home, in relationships or at school.
Changing Places is about offering young people an opportunity to learn about themselves, make changes to their behaviour in the future. It is not bout ‘fixing’ or ‘forcing’ them to change; they will have choices about using the skills they learn on the programme. The sessions show that there are other ways to handle problems and conflict rather than resorting to abuse or violent behaviour.
Jigsaw: The Jigsaw programmes is a therapeutic recovery programme for children and young people age 7 years and above that have lived with domestic abuse. It allows opportunities to share their experience in a safe environment. The programme aims to give children the ability to express feelings in a positive, non abusive way, to reduce feelings of isolation and improve self protection skills. Domestic abuse impacts on children’s lives in many ways if a child is displaying any effects as a result of domestic abuse they may benefit from this programme. To be accepted on the programme children need to be living in an environment free from domestic abuse this is vital as undertaking therapeutic work with children still living with abuse can remove coping strategies that they may have developed to survive thus leaving them more vulnerable.