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: Openfor referral
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.