Children & Young People

DASU’s Children and young people’s service (CYP) provides a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment for children and young people who have witnessed, or been subjected to domestic abuse. We provide support and interventions using play, activities, 1-1 support sessions and facilitate peer support programmes. We work in partnership with families, schools and other services involved with children and young people and advocate for their needs in the wider community.

Our support aims to improve the emotional and physical well-being of children and young people; to manage and reduce levels of distress, to implement healthy boundaries and to enable them to manage emotions and behaviours and build resilience.

CYP support can be an effective early intervention strategy, preventing the deterioration of a child or young person’s emotional health and well-being. Our workers help to educate children and young people about domestic abuse and to recognise healthy relationships. We also look at effective methods of resolving conflict. CYP sessions aim to improve communication between children and parents, equipping children with skills to recognise and develop positive coping strategies and relationships in the future.

Contact your nearest DASU office for more information, or to make a referral.

Get Help

You can contact us at any of our sites 9.30am – 4.30pm Monday – Friday with out of hours support available through the
Live Fear Free helpline
0808 8010 800

If you are at immediate risk, please ring 999.

Activity – Match The Statements

If you are questioning whether you are in a healthy or unhealthy relationship, ask yourself how the relationship makes you feel; does it feel safe, trusting, and respectful?

Advice for Parents

If you are worried that your child has witnessed domestic abuse or experienced it within their own relationships, here are some steps that you can take to support them:

  • Be present; your child will feel comforted if they know that you are there to support them.
  • Actively listen; listening to how your child is feeling can make them feel valued and that their feelings matter.
  • Remind them that it is not their fault; this will reassure children and help to avoid self-blame.
  • When explaining domestic abuse, focus on unacceptable behaviours within relationships; this can help children to identify inappropriate behaviours in future relationships.
  • Access professional support, this can be through counselling, school, or local domestic abuse services.

Where else can I get help?

If you think that you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, it is important to tell a trusted adult. This could be a family member, teacher, support worker or any other adult that you feel safe to talk to.

ChildLine

Childline is a helpline especially for children and young people who need to talk to someone about any worries that they might have, it is open all day every day and is free to call.

The Hideout

The Hideout is a website for children and young people who want to learn more about domestic abuse.

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