Supporting Children and Young People affected by domestic abuse in Salford
Children and young people deserve the opportunity to talk about what they're going through.
Domestic abuse sadly has a profound impact on children and young people in different ways and we strongly believe that there should be diverse services, in as many areas as possible to prioritise their emotional and mental wellbeing.
We have partnered with Salford Council to run The Harbour Project which is specifically designed to support children and young people who are affected domestic abuse in innovative ways. Within this project we run two key services that aim to step in, provide a safe space for children and young people and ensure that we are doing everything we can to allow them to process what they've been through or are going through and set them up for a more positive future.
Firstly, we deliver counselling to these children and young people, which is an essential start to them feeling safer. We aim to work in a way that is proactive, supportive and caring, allowing the children to process their feelings and experiences and supports them to build healthy relationships in the future.
We provide 6 free sessions of 1-2-1 support with a qualified counsellor that will gives them:
- A confidential space to talk
- Emotional support and somebody to listen to their worries
- A safe and healthy relationship with an adult, who prioritises their wellbeing
- Space to express their concerns or fears about the future
Encouraging Healthy Relationships
This is an essential service to help young people who as a result of experiencing or witnessing abuse have started to struggle with their behaviour in their own relationships. Young people who due to their experiences are now engaging in harmful behaviour with partners, friends or family need careful and considered intervention and support to address this as soon as possible.
The service allows them to work with a caring and non-judgemental professional who can help them become aware of their behaviours and begin to form positive relationships with others.
The young people we work with through this service are given:
- A safe a confidential space to talk about what they've been through, or are going through
- Not be judged, but be supported with their experiences and concerns
- Guidance on how to identify harmful or unhealthy behaviours and question these
- Explore and discuss healthy relationships and behaviours
- Be supported to develop healthy, safe and positive relationships with other people in their lives
If you live or work in Salford and would like to refer a child or young person to The Harbour Project for Counselling or our Encouraging Healthy Relationships support service, please contact our project lead Michelle, who can provide more information and process your referral.
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