Young person outreach: 

Our children's worker receives referrals for children that have witnessed domestic abuse. They will then assess the situation and if safe to do so, will go in to schools and complete up to 12 sessions with them. The sessions include a variety of therapeutic interventions such as:

Drawing and talking - Drawing and Talking is a person-centered therapeutic intervention focusing on prevention, early intervention and recovery. Anyone using Drawing and Talking learns to stay in the world of the child's drawing. The child sets the pace and decides what to bring to the session.


Untold story work - When trauma is beyond words, we need to provide non-verbal and psychologically safe methods of expression and sharing. People of all ages are relieved when offered the opportunity to approach their painful experiences safely and gently with a caring and emotionally available other. These sessions are created to stay in the metaphor creating a family zoo, writing stories and using Dixit cards. 


Children and Young person's DV toolkit recovery programme by Rockpool- We do not run the programme on it's own but will use techniques and activities from the toolkit during the sessions. 


Music therapeutic play: We will play different genres of music and the children will spend time imagining what the song is trying to portray and then using art materials will express this on to paper. 


Arts and crafts - decorating mugs, boxes, bags and other crafts.


Games - connect 4, Guess Who, Dobble, Grabble, Jenga and attachment games.


Sensory diet plan - A sensory diet is a tailored plan of physical activities and accommodations designed to meet a child's sensory needs. This type of treatment has nothing to do with food. The goal is to get kids in a “just right” state. A sensory diet plan includes regulating techniques for adults to do with the child or for them to do themselves at different parts of the day. 


Mummy and Me - Attachment programme is a programme for Mum’s to complete with their child to build and strengthen attachment between mother and child, to promote an environment that is safe and non-judgmental to help parent and child thrive within their family, working on emotional literacy to create a safe space to discuss sensitive topics that are guided by Family Link staff.

How it is done: The number of sessions will depend on the family and an agreement made between Family Link Staff and the parent.  

The sessions will begin by being staff lead. Once the family become more confident in the sessions then the role will reverse, and Mum will become the lead of the sessions

The sessions include a verity of different attachment games, which are fun for all the family!