DASU’s Children and young people’s service (CYP) provides a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment for children and young people who have witnessed, or been subjected to domestic abuse. We provide support and interventions using play, activities, 1-1 support sessions and facilitate peer support programmes. We work in partnership with families, schools and other services involved with children and young people and advocate for their needs in the wider community.
Our support aims to improve the emotional and physical well-being of children and young people; to manage and reduce levels of distress, to implement healthy boundaries and to enable them to manage emotions and behaviours and build resilience.
CYP support can be an effective early intervention strategy, preventing the deterioration of a child or young person’s emotional health and well-being. Our workers help to educate children and young people about domestic abuse and to recognise healthy relationships. We also look at effective methods of resolving conflict. CYP sessions aim to improve communication between children and parents, equipping children with skills to recognise and develop positive coping strategies and relationships in the future.
Contact your nearest DASU office for more information, or to make a referral.