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Information for schools and professionals

BCWA offers a range of services for children and young people affected by abuse and violence, which schools and professionals can refer into. We also offer group programmes and awareness work for young people and training for professionals; please read on to find out about our work.

Support and advocacy for children and young people

Domestic abuse in the home

Our Future is Black Country Women’s Aid’s project offering a range of support to schools and colleges to help them respond effectively to children and young people affected by domestic abuse.  Support is available across  Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

If you have concerns about a child witnessing or living with domestic abuse, or if you have received a notification via West Midlands Police Operation Encompass, we can help. The options may include:

  • Advice and guidance from our team on supporting the child through internal safeguarding;
  • One to one support and advocacy based on the child or young person’s needs;
  • Group support programmes where there are a number of children with identified needs within the school.

A range of staff training is also available. Contact us for more information.

Rape and child sexual abuse

We offer a regional support service (covering Sandwell, Walsall, Dudley, and Wolverhampton) for children and young people aged 5-18 who have been affected by rape, sexual assault or sexual abuse.

Our CHISVA (Children’s Independent Sexual Violence Advice) service offers a range of emotional and practical support, including support to report to the police, support at court, counselling, and trauma interventions. We also support and advise parents to help them come to terms with what has happened, navigate the criminal justice process, and support their child.

Please contact us for more information or to make a referral.

Grooming, gangs and sexual exploitation

Our Young People’s Advocacy service supports young women aged 13+ who are at risk of or who have been affected by, grooming, sexual exploitation, or gang involvement. Support is available across the Black Country (Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton).

Our advocates offer a range of emotional and practical support including help to understand consent and healthy relationships, support to rebuild family relationships or engagement with education, help to improve self-esteem and develop goals and aspirations, and support through the criminal justice system where appropriate.

Please contact us for more information or to make a referral.

Getting in touch

To refer a child or young person for support, please scroll down for a referral form and details of our secure email.

Work with schools

BCWA works extensively with schools and colleges across the Black Country, offering awareness and prevention work around abuse and exploitation.

TRAPPED: Prevention and Awareness

TRAPPED is a group education and awareness programme for children and young people which educates and empowers them around the crucial issue of relationship abuse.

It features detailed lesson plans for ages 11-15, providing healthy, age-appropriate messages around gender, consent, healthy relationships, sexuality, abuse, cyber-safety, gangs, and other risk factors. TRAPPED offers them the language and understanding to communicate about these issues, know their rights, increase their resilience and know where to go for help.

TRAPPED was originally developed in partnership with the Home Office, Sandwell MBC and West Midlands Police. It was designed in accordance with PSHE Association guidelines on Sex and Relationships Education. It was peer-reviewed and recommended as good practice by the Department for Education and Home Office in the report: Tackling Knives and Serious Youth Violence Programme Good Practice Guide 2010-2011.

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What do young people say?

93% of secondary pupils said they enjoyed all or part of the session; 72% said they learned something they didn’t know before ; 36% of boys and 41% of girls recognised from their own lives issues covered in the session. 86% said that following the session they would know where to go to get help if they faced any of the issues covered themselves.

Helping Hands (Key Stage 1) & Inside-Out (Key Stage 2)

Inside-Out & Helping Hands are group programmes for children who have been living with domestic abuse, aiming to help them to manage their emotions and feelings, create a sense of safety and improve their behaviour and sense of well-being.

The programmes addresses issues of self-esteem, personal space, safety and awareness of acceptable and unacceptable behaviours, not only in others but also in themselves. The programmes works around identifying and managing internal feelings first, then looking at how these are expressed outwardly, helping children to understand how they can control their actions.

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Voices

Voices is a programme to address the unique needs of adolescent girls and young women. It encourages them to seek and celebrate their “true selves” by providing a safe space, encouragement, structure, and the support they need to embrace their journeys of self-discovery. The program includes modules on self, connecting with others, healthy living, the pressures of social media, early puberty, gender exploration, human sex trafficking, and binge drinking. It also covers pressures from texting, social media, and online or “in real life” (IRL) friends

Exploited

Exploited is an 18-minute film which helps young people learn to stay safe from sexual exploitation. It educates young people to identify features of an exploitative friendship or relationship in contrast with the development of a healthy relationship, and gives them clear information about how to report abuse and access support.

This resource is designed to be delivered through structured sessions delivered by professionals in schools, youth groups and other settings. In schools it should be embedded in a progressive Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum, as part of Sex and Relationships Education.

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Staff Training

Our children and young people’s advocate-educators can also deliver professionals training on:

    The impact of domestic abuse on children and young people

    How to support children and young people at risk of, or who have experiences sexual violence, CSE or grooming connected to gang involvement

This training can be delivered remotely via Microsoft Teams or at your school.

Bespoke training packages also available on request; please contact us to discuss your requirements.

For more information about our work with schools

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Service locations

Our Children and Young People’s Services cover Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

Please click below for contact details and information in your area.

Resources

Our Future Information Pack

Information on the Our Future Service

Obtaining Parental Consent

Guide for Professionals to seek consent from parents

YPA Referral Form

Referral form to refer into our YPA Service

Our Future Referral Form

Referral form to refer into Our Future Service

How we can help

Guide for parents on how we can help their child

Voices Programme Info

Information on Voices Programme and other sessions available

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