A new service for children and young people who have witnessed domestic abuse has been launched by the Community Services team at Blaby District Council.
The Feeling Safe Programme builds on one to one work provided by the Children’s Support Worker and uses playful interventions in a therapeutic group atmosphere.
Children and young people get the opportunity to express themselves through a Feeling Tree, and ask questions anonymously through a question box each week, which allows the facilitators to deal with any concerns or worries they have.
Councillor Maggie Wright, portfolio holder for Community Services at Blaby District Council, said:
“The Feeling Safe Programme works to build the child or young person’s self esteem and confidence, self worth and awareness. Learning through play is key and the children get a chance to express their feelings through arts and crafts.”
During the ten week programme topics covered include what domestic abuse is and why it happens, having angry feelings and safe ways to cope with feeling angry, experiencing and coping with loss and grief, hearing other people’s stories, and being scared/anxious and ways in which to deal with these feelings.
It is key that the parent or carer of the child fully supports their attendance on the programme and work is done with the adult at the same time.
If you feel your child could benefit from one to one support from the Children’s Support Worker or from the Feeling Safe programme, contact the Community Services Team 0116 272 7734 to speak to someone confidentially.
Domestic abuse is a pattern of behaviour used to gain and maintain power and control over a partner. Physical, verbal or emotional, social, and sexual all fall under this category.
For more information on domestic abuse, the service provided by Blaby District Council and help available, visit www.blaby.gov.uk/domesticabuse email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0116 272 7637.