1 in 7 children will at some point live with domestic abuse. Its not uncommon and isn’t something they
should be ashamed of. The effects can be long lasting, and children can be reluctant to talk about it, especially if they think it might upset people. It may not be obvious they are struggling.
Black Country Women’s Aid offers the Our Future project across Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton. Our support gives children and young people a safe space to talk if they want to, and to sort out the thoughts and feelings they may be having. This helps them move forward in a healthy way.
We don’t question children about the past: Some parents worry we may ask children lots of upsetting questions about things that have gone on in the past. Our support is child led, so we talk about what the child wants to, and are led by their wishes.
We don’t talk about inappropriate things: We tackle all issues in an age-appropriate way. For example, in healthy relationship work in primary school, we talk about safe and unsafe secrets with friends at school as a way of having the conversation about boundaries.
We care about your child’s wellbeing: Some parents worry that if they allow us to support their child Children’s Services will get involved. In reality, the more support a child has, the less likely they will be concerned.
Can we help?
If you think we can help your child then please let their teacher know so that they can refer them. We work closely with schools and can offer support appointments for your child at school. If you are unsure, and want a chat or some more information, please just get in touch with us. We can provide more details, and talk about whether our service is right for your child. Call us on 0121 553 0090 and ask for our children’s team.