Learn more about our Wigan service that supports children and young people affected by domestic abuse.

This service is designed to support children and young people with issues they're facing and give them a safe space to talk about what they're going through.


Project Overview:

We currently work in Wigan, delivering counselling services to children and young people aged 5-18 years old who have witnessed and/or experienced domestic abuse.

We work closely with Wigan Police and Wigan Council to offer 1-2-1 counselling support in the schools the children and young people are in and currently work in 144 schools across the Borough. This project aims to support the children and young people with what they may be going through, by giving them a safe and confidential place to speak openly and express their feelings.

The Programme Manager, Nafeesa Javed, who is also an experienced counsellor says:

“This project is so unique in its delivery. It gives us an opportunity to support these vulnerable children, often at the most critical time of their lives, the time when they feel they have nowhere they can turn to. These children have witnessed and experienced things that children should never have to see or hear. We are able to offer these children a safe non judgmental space where empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence are our 3 core conditions that offer the opportunity for emotional growth during therapy.” 

One of the schools we work with reported that:

“We think that the service you offer is absolutely fabulous! From the initial meeting and advice given, to the ongoing support that our most vulnerable young people are receiving from your service is so vital as they try and process their thoughts and feelings. In particular the anger that is being supported in a nurturing therapeutic manner. The process at times has been a roller coaster of emotions.

One parent commented that she felt her child's aggressive behaviour was calmer. All the children accessing the counselling via this service have a confidential arena to express themselves through therapeutic play which is transferable into the classroom and playground environments. The adults working daily with our most vulnerable young people in school are thankful for the inter-agency working and counselling that is on offer to our children from your service”


Referral Pathways:

Our referral pathway comes from Operation Encompass. The purpose of Wigan Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in or witness to a domestic abuse incident.

If a child has repeat operation encompass reports (1 or more) that child’s school can refer in to our project for the child to receive 121 counselling support.

Our counselling sessions are 121 and are offered in the schools of the child or young person.  They are offered 6 sessions initially with a view of extended if there is a need.


Get In Touch:

If you are working at a school in Wigan and think one of your students may be eligible and benefit from this support, you will need to fill in our online referral form. If the child you are referring is under 11 years old, you will need to attach a completed Parental Consent Document within the online referral form so please prepare this in advance.

You can download a Parental Consent Form here.

You can make a referral here.

If you wanted to download our A4 information sheet to print out and display, or send to colleagues please click here.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Programme Manager, Nafeesa - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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