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24hr Domestic Abuse Helplines: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin: 0800 783 1359
Worcestershire: 0800 980 3331

West Mercia Women’s Aid
Children and Young People Services

“I just want to say a really big thank you, you’ve helped me so much more than I thought it would, I’ve learnt things about myself and I understand everything a lot better, and you’ve been such a great listener.”

Young Survivor

Children and Young People Services

Working with Children and Young People

WMWA provides support to children and young people who have been affected by domestic abuse. Our work has a strong focus on self-esteem, self-care and on understanding healthy relationships. This includes support for young people who are themselves experiencing abuse in their teen relationships.

We have the following services available across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucester.  In Herefordshire and Worcestershire, services are run through our WMWA Children’s Domestic Abuse Services (CDAS) team.  In Gloucestershire, services are run through Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Services (GDASS) via the WMWA STREET service.  Please see below for services available in each location.

Helping Hands

Age Range
7-12 Years

Location
Herefordshire, Worcestershire
 

The aim of Helping Hands is to help increase children’s understanding of feeling safe. Specialist support workers will explore a range of topics to contribute to a safe environment.

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Recovery Toolkit

Age Range
11-19 Years

Location
Herefordshire (11-18), Worcestershire (11-18), Gloucestershire (13-19)

The Recovery Toolkit is an evidenced based 8-week programme for any young person that has witnessed or experienced domestic abuse. The aim of the group is to help them cope and recover from any trauma caused.

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CRUSH

Age Range
13-19 Years

Location
Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire

CRUSH is a group for young people that are affected by domestic abuse whether it is witnessed, experienced or perpetrated. The purpose of this group is to expand their understanding of unhealthy relationships, the impact of abuse and gender-based bullying.

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Street

Age Range
13-19 Years

Location
Gloucestershire

STREET provides support to young people aged 13-19 years who are experiencing teenage relationship abuse, have witnessed domestic abuse in the family home or are displaying harmful behaviours in their close relationships.

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1:1 Support (including Young Person’s Independent Domestic Violence Advisors – YPIDVAs)

Age Range
5-18 Years (YPIDVAs: Ages 13-19)

Location
Herefordshire, Worcestershire (YPIDVAs: Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin)

Our 1:1 support is for children and young people that are unable to attend a group for a specific reason. We are also able to deliver ‘one off & bespoke’ safety sessions to children and young people attending group.

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Helping Hands

Age Range: 7-12 years

Locations: Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Helping Hands is for children aged 7-12. The group will help to increase children’s understanding of feeling safe and to explore and promote behaviours which will contribute to a safe environment. We will work to:

  • Develop children’s levels of self-esteem and confidence
  • Enable children to explore and express feelings and wishes
  • Inform children of the right to feel safe at all times
  • Increase children’s ability in safety planning
  • Empower children to identify their own personal support network
  • Explore how choice of behaviour can affect the feelings of others
  • Identify healthy ways to manage conflict
  • Understand that feelings are okay
  • Express strong feelings without violence
  • Practice non-violent problem solving skills

I need help

If you are a young person or parent/guardian looking for support for yourself or a loved one please contact our helpline team.

Referring to our services

If you are a practitioner or professional looking to refer someone to our services please complete our referral from.

Recovery Toolkit

Ages Ranges:
11-18 years (Herefordshire & Worcestershire)
13-19 Years (Gloucestershire)

Locations: Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire

The Children and Young People Recovery Toolkit is an evidenced based 8-week programme for any young person that has witnessed or experienced domestic abuse and are able to take part in a group. Children & Young People must not be living with domestic abuse any more to be able to safely attend. The aim of the group is to help children and young people cope and recover from the trauma that domestic abuse can cause. It is integrated in its approach using a combination of trauma – informed resilience focused work, specific trauma focused cognitive behavioural therapy and person–centred therapeutic principles.

I need help

If you are a young person or parent/guardian looking for support for yourself or a loved one please contact our helpline team.

Referring to our services

If you are a practitioner or professional looking to refer someone to our services please complete our referral from.

CRUSH

Ages Range: 13-19 years

Locations: Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire

CRUSH is a structured group for young people that are affected by ANY form of domestic abuse whether it is witnessed, experienced or perpetrated and is suitable for both young men and young women. The CRUSH programme has been externally evaluated as effective in helping young people to:

  • Increase their understanding of abusive relationships and give them support in ending an abusive relationship.
  • Greater understanding of the impacts of domestic abuse on thoughts, feelings and relationships.
  • Increased understanding of gender-based bullying.

CRUSH has been written and developed by West Mercia Women’s Aid.

I need help

If you are a young person or parent/guardian looking for support for yourself or a loved one please contact our helpline team.

Referring to our services

If you are a practitioner or professional looking to refer someone to our services please complete our referral from.

STREET

Age Range: 13-19 years

Locations: Gloucestershire

STREET works in partnership with Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service.

STREET Gloucestershire provides specialist domestic and teen relationship abuse support for young people aged 13-19 years old who:

  • Are experiencing or have experienced teenage relationship abuse
  • Have witnessed domestic abuse in the family home
  • Are displaying harmful behaviours in their close relationships*

Group Work

STREET provides a range of evidence-based group work programmes * and 1:1 support for young people currently experiencing abuse in their intimate relationship.  Our group work programmes support young people’s understanding of healthy relationships and recovery from abuse, see CRUSH and Recovery Toolkit for further information. For young people whom group work is not suitable, targeted 1:1 support will be offered, where we can.

*STREET group programmes provide early intervention to young people where there are concerns about unhealthy behaviour in their relationships and is not a perpetrator programme.

Young Person Violence Advocate (YPVA)

Our 1:1 support is for young people aged 13-19 who are currently experiencing domestic or teenage relationship abuse, who are considered high risk (aged 13-15) or medium risk (aged 16-19).

The YPVA will work alongside the young person and other professionals to create an individual safety and support plan, bringing a specialist understanding of the impact experiencing abuse can have on young people.

STREET can provide advice and resources to professionals working with young people who are impacted by domestic abuse, and can support an identified lead professional to complete domestic abuse/healthy relationships work with
a young person if this better suits the needs of the individual. For further information please contact rebecca.twydell@wmwa.org.uk or call the STREET information line on 01452 726 584.

I need help

If you are a young person or parent/guardian looking for support for yourself or a loved one please contact the GDASS Helpdesk which is open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

Phone: 01452 726 570 Email: support@gdass.org.uk

The helpdesk is managed by support workers who are able to offer immediate support and advice and take referrals for support packages.

Referring to our services

If you are a parent, practitioner or professional looking to refer someone to our services please complete the online form on the GDASS website.

**Online Awareness Raising Events in Oct/Nov: Domestic Abuse in Teenage Relationships**

These sessions, highlighting domestic abuse in teenage relationships are suitable for any professional working with young people in Gloucestershire (including Gloucester, the Cotswolds, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Forest of Dean, and Stroud); we are particularly keen for school staff to attend, as sessions will be especially relevant for Safeguarding and Deputy Safeguarding Leads, and pastoral support staff.

The 1 hour sessions will include:

  • Information on STREET services available for young people experiencing domestic and teenage relationship abuse
  • Understanding young people’s experiences of domestic abuse and risk factors
  • Warning signs of abuse in teenage relationships
  • Guidance on competing the Young Person’s Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Honour-Based Violence Risk Assessment Checklist, and safety planning
  • An introduction to WMWA’s toolkit, which can be used by professionals to support young people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, relationship abuse
 

These sessions will take place remotely via Zoom, and are scheduled for the following times and dates:

Thursday 21st October, 1600 – 1700 (Sign up here)

Tuesday 9th November, 1600 – 1700 (Sign up here)

Wednesday 17th November, 1600 – 1700 (Sign up here)

To sign up to attend, please click on the relevant link above, and submit your details via Eventbrite.

If you would like to attend a session but are unable to make any of the above dates, please contact us as we are also able to attend team meetings to provide information.

For further information or advice please call STREET on 01452 726 584.

 

1:1 support
(including Young Person’s Independent Domestic Violence Advisors – YPIDVAs)

Age Range: 5-18 years
(YPIDVAs ages 13-19)

Locations: Herefordshire and Worcestershire
(YPIDVAs: Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin)

Our 1:1 support is for children and young people that are unable to attend a group for a specific reason or where an individual/focused approach is needed. We are also able to deliver ‘one off & bespoke’ safety sessions to children and young people attending group if this is needed to meet the needs of the child or young person. Our 1:1 support will include a needs assessment with the referred/referring parent/carer and young person; from this an individual support package will be created with a focus on
feelings/emotions, relationships and safety.

Bespoke support for school staff and front line workers

For children whose needs would be better met via support from a worker that they already have a relationship with; the CDAS team can support professionals to complete direct work. This could include safety planning, feelings and self-esteem work and healthy relationships. We have specific resources that we can share with professionals and provide support to them directly. CDAS also provide universal resources which can be readily accessed and downloaded on the WMWA website. For further information please contact the team.

Young Person’s Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (YPIDVAs)

Our Young Person’s Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (YPIDVAs) provide support to individual young people – aged 13-19 – who are currently experiencing domestic or teenage relationship abuse and who are considered high risk.

The YPIDVA will work alongside the young person and other professionals to create an individual safety and support plan, bringing a specialist understanding of the impact experiencing abuse can have on young people.

Our YPIDVA’s can provide advice and resources to professionals working with young people who are impacted by domestic abuse, and can support an identified lead professional to complete domestic abuse/healthy relationships work with
a young person if this better suits the needs of the individual. For further information please contact us at cdas@wmwa.org.uk.

I need help

If you are a young person or parent/guardian looking for support for yourself or a loved one please contact our helpline team.

Referring to our services

If you are a practitioner or professional looking to refer someone to our services please complete our referral from.

Bespoke Support

Ages Range: All ages

Locations: Herefordshire and Worcestershire

For children whose needs would be better met via support from a worker that they already have a relationship with; our Children & Young People’s team can support professionals to complete work directly. This could include safety planning, feelings and self-esteem work and healthy relationships. We have specific resources that we can share with professionals and cam provide support. For further information please contact us at cdas@wmwa.org.uk.

We can also provide universal resources which can be accessed here

I need help

If you are a young person or parent/guardian looking for support for yourself or a loved one please contact our helpline team.

Referring to our services

If you are a practitioner or professional looking to refer someone to our services please complete our referral from.

Looking for help?
24HR DOMESTIC ABUSE HELPLINE

Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin:
Call 0800 783 1359

Worcestershire:
Call 0800 980 3331

Contact us via email:

We also have Livechat available from 9am until 9pm, Monday to Friday for those who want to contact our helpline silently or who prefer to text rather than talk.
If you are in immediate danger please call 999

Referring to our services

If you are a practitioner or professional looking to refer someone to our services please complete the following forms:

Herefordshire & Worcestershire please complete the online CDAS referral form.

Gloucestershire please complete the online form on the GDASS website.