Children, young people & family services
Our team delivers a range of services for families in refuges and living in the community. These services help children explore their feelings about their experience of domestic violence and work towards helping the child and mother recover from violence and minimise the negative impact on their health and development.
Therapies for children & young people
Trained therapists use art, dance & drama, as well as talking therapies, to help children and young people explore their feelings around the violence they have experienced, understand that they are not to blame and rebuild vital relationships with their mother, carer, peers and siblings. This service can be accessed by mothers and children living in the boroughs of Lambeth, Enfield, Islington, Haringey, Barnet and Camden.
Community group programmes
ARISE, Parallel Programme and ‘Picking Up the Pieces’ group programmes provide a safe, shared learning space for women to explore the difficulties of parenting alone in the aftermath of domestic abuse, understanding the impact of domestic abuse on their children and developing the strength and resilience to support themselves and their children.
Children’s support in refuges
Family Support Workers and Play Workers provide dedicated support for children across our 19 refuges, including liaising with a range of statutory agencies, arranging activities, and facilitating therapeutic interventions to support their recovery after experiencing or witnessing abuse.
Youth Independent Domestic Violence Advocates
Youth IDVAs are based in London’s four major trauma centres. These staff play a vital role in identifying and supporting victims of domestic and sexual abuse when they access A&E services.
A Child Advocate based in a new North London Child Sexual Abuse Hub. They provide coordinated, holistic support for children and their families as they navigate relevant statutory and specialist services.
Designed in partnership with young people, the POW (Protect our Women) project offers accredited training to young people and professionals to become champions in their schools and local communities in Haringey. Course participants will gain an understanding of the different types of VAWG, how to safely challenge abusive behaviour and access sources of support.
Women & girls initiative
A young women and girls led project in Islington and Haringey which aims to empower young people and help eradicate violence and abuse. ‘Champions’ aged 11-19 steer the project, delivering training in schools and community settings to raise awareness of abuse and help young people build their confidence, self-esteem and resilience. The project will also provide a safe space for young people to disclose their experiences and get 1-1 support so they can move on to futures free from abuse.
Part of the Ascent Partnership Solace is one of 8 partners using Drama to raise aware and understanding of VAWG across all London boroughs.