Learn more about our Wigan service that supported children and young people affected by domestic abuse.
Children and young people deserve the opportunity to talk about what they are going through - for 2 years we are proud to have provided this in Wigan.
In August 2018 we were commissioned by Wigan Council to deliver support services to children and young people aged 5-18 years, who have witnessed and/or experienced domestic abuse, but unfortunately due to the impact of local authority budget cuts, this project came to a premature end in October 2020. However, in this time some life-changing work was delivered by our dedicated team.
"I felt stuck but counselling has helped me get out of the dark place I was in. Nobody judged me and I didn’t feel like a burden. At times I wondered if anybody would miss me if I wasn’t here, counselling got me through that"
*Name has been changed for anonymity
Within this service we worked alongside Greater Manchester Police and the council to offer 1-2-1 counselling support in schools. This project supported the children and young people with what they were going through and provided a safe and confidential space to speak openly and express their feelings. For some of the children, this was the only safe space they had.
Due to Covid-19, when we were no longer able to deliver face-to-face support to children and young people, we adapted our approach which enabled us to continue working on reducing domestic abuse in Wigan. During this time we supported adults affected by domestic abuse and delivered training to Key Workers in Wigan.
In 18 months we worked with 70+ schools and delivered nearly 700 sessions of support.
Within this time our team built relationships with children and young people affected by domestic abuse. They worked with children who have complex and diverse needs, provided self-soothing and calming techniques to children on the autism spectrum, guided children through their anxiety and paranoia, supported teenagers through exams, breakups and university, helped them to build healthy relationships with others in their lives and much more.
Programme Manager, Nafeesa Javed says:
"This project was so unique in its delivery and gave us an opportunity to support vulnerable children, often at the most critical time of their lives when they had nobody they could turn to. These children have witnessed and experienced things that children should never have had to see or hear. I'm proud of our team and happy we not only were able to help children with what they were going through in the moment, but have hopefully planted a seed for their future. As they grow older they will know that what they saw and experienced at home is not normal and it is not okay, they are worth more than that."
Interested in learning more?
If you are interested in learning more about this project, or are interested in our services that can support children affected by domestic abuse or schools counselling, we'd love to hear from you.