Safer Space Plus

Safer Space + is a new programme we are delivering in partnership with Victim Support for children aged between 5-12 years old who have been exposed to domestic violence or abuse in the past. The aim of the programme is to increase levels of confidence and self-esteem.

Children will receive:

  • 8 weeks of 1:1 support with a Victim Support CYP Domestic Violence Advocate (sessions will take place within school) and cover topics based around risk and safety
  • 9 months of individual mentoring with a trained volunteer mentor who will spend 2-4 hours with the child each week outside of school.
  • A named Programme Manager (PM) assigned to each mentoring relationship. The PM provides supervision guidance and input to the mentoring relationship and can liaise with other professionals if needed
  • A named Parent Programme Manager (PPM) assigned to each parent/carer. The PPM will support parents and caregivers with everyday parenting challenges and help make the parent-child relationship even more enjoyable.

This programme is offered in Southwark, Lambeth, Westminster, Islington, Haringey and Croydon.

Referral Status: Closed for referral

Referral Criteria

Referred children must:

  • Be 5 to 11 years old at the point of referral (we can take Y6 referrals between September-April only)
  • Have experienced or witnessed some form of domestic abuse or violence
  • Be in primary school and/or resident in the borough accepting referrals

To find out more please contact:

  • Charlene Farrugia if you would like to make a referral in Islington, Westminster and Haringey
  • Olivia Singlehurst if you would like to make a referral in Southwark, Lambeth and Croydon.

Referred children should not:

Have a significant learning need or neurodevelopmental difference that would prevent them from having the necessary level of comprehension, communication and self-reflection skills to engage fully with our early intervention behavioural programme, talking tools and behaviour strategies. Examples of diagnoses we cannot work with would include Autistic Spectrum Condition.

Click Here for a copy of our leaflet for the Safer Space Plus.