A 2012 study conducted by YouGov on behalf of the charity 4Children found that almost one million children in Britain are affected by domestic violence, either as victims or witnesses. This number is thought to have increased by more than 22% over the past decade.
Children can be directly or indirectly affected by domestic violence and often find themselves as victims growing up amidst abuse with can lead to a multitude of social and physical problems. Within The Haven Wolverhampton’s family refuges a dedicated and tailored service is available for children and young people from the ages of 0 to 16. The aim of this support service is to increase children’s self-esteem, security and sense of belonging. Qualified children’s workers plan and deliver creative play activities incorporating therapeutic resources, tailored to different age and cultural groups in order to help young people come to terms with their experiences of abuse.
Play schemes are organised during school holidays as well as regular recreational activities and day trips out ensure that the children and young people who come to The Haven Wolverhampton remain active, engaged and have fun. Homework club sessions for children aged 9 years are also available for those who may be struggling or need additional support with School work. At The Haven Wolverhampton we recognise that domestic violence can put a huge strain on the family unit. Therefore as part of the Children and Young People’s service we encourage mothers to develop and rebuild relationships with their children which may have been damaged as a result of domestic violence. As part of the service we are also able to liaise with and make referrals to external support agencies as well as find appropriate school places (if needed) through our network of family support workers.
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