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The positive side of failure

A recent conference presentation reminded us that failure can have positive outcomes. For children and young people failing at something can teach powerful and useful lessons. It might be they discover they are not good at something which can free them up to focus on other things they are good at. Or it might demonstrate that there are good and not so good ways of going about things. For professionals failure can also be valuable. Having the freedom to try…

Weʼve been down to the woods today

On the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures in the high 20s, the 8 children who attended Forest Confidence were still determined to light the campfire and cook dampers, a homemade bread cooked on sticks, over the flames. The kids were set on enjoying themselves and thatʼs just what they did!….in addition to cooking over the campfire, they built two dens, enjoyed a treasure hunt, and then performed their own puppet show. During this scorching day we…

Young Peopleʼs Voices participation project

The participation project has completed the first round of focus groups and 1:1 interviews on the topic of domestic abuse and what helps children and young people come through the experience. We are in the next stage of planning how to offer this information to interested stakeholders. There is still some time left to include other children and young people in the project if they wished to become involved. We would welcome the diverse views children and young people have…

Professionalsʼ Training

Since June last year 257 professionals have attended the training ʻUnderstanding the effects of domestic abuse on children and young peopleʼ across Neath Port Talbot and Powys. We are able to offer bespoke sessions so please feel free to get in touch if you feel this would benefit your organisation. One example of this is the recent training delivered to Dyfed Powys police during June and July. For more information please contact Melanie in Neath on mbeynon@calandvs.org.uk or Jane in…

Hillside Secure Childrenʼs Home

The Brave team are currently working with Hillside Secure Childrenʼs Home to allow them to support children who have been affected by domestic abuse. Initially training is being provided to staff to help them understand and identify the impact of domestic abuse on children and young people. This will be followed by the development of a bespoke resource for Hillside staff to deliver. This new programme can be made available to any childrenʼs homes, secure units or practitioners that work…

Brave Beginnings is growing up!

Brave Beginnings, our one to one programme for babies and toddlers and their non-abusive parent, is now being rolled out across Wales. Training is going ahead for staff in the Bridgend Flying Start and Families First teams, the Swansea multi-agency domestic abuse hub, Jig-So, Swanseaʼs teenage parent project, and Caerphilly and Powys Action for Children parenting workers. We are also talking to a range of other agencies across south and mid Wales. For more information please contact pdunmore@calandvs.org.uk

Joining the Crucial Crew

Brave teams in Powys and Neath Port Talbot are involved in delivering sessions to year six pupils in Neath Port Talbot and year 7 pupils in Powys this month, as part of the wide range of organisations delivering messages on safety in the annual Crucial Crew events. Working in partnership with Port Talbot Afan Womenʼs Aid and the Spectrum project our presentations will focus on domestic abuse and healthy relationships.

A Night at the Theatre

The BRAVE projectʼs peer education theatre production Relationships Shouldnʼt Hurt was recently performed to a large audience of around 80 people in Pontardawe. The show was brilliantly performed by the Class Act Theatre School and excellently portrayed the different types of domestic abuse that young people can become exposed to through their relationships. The audience was a mixture of professionals who work with children and young people exposed to domestic abuse; teachers and other education related professionals; voluntary sector specialists;…

The impact of domestic abuse on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Growing up in a home with domestic abuse can not only ruin your childhood but can also have profound and lifelong effects on your mental and physical health for the rest of your life. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are an increasing international concern. The first study was conducted in San Diego in 1998 and has since spread all over the world including the Welsh ACE study in 2015 (http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/888/page/88517/). These studies have been used to demonstrate the links between adverse…