BRAVE EIP is a 5 year project funded by the Big Lottery for the period April 2014 – March 2019.
The project purpose is to deliver a co-ordinated and holistic early intervention and support service to children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.
The project aims to help children and young people up to the age of 25 exposed to domestic abuse as a result of:
• Children and young people witnessing domestic abuse in the home environment between adults.
• Young people as victims in abusive relationships.
• Young people displaying abusive behaviours.
• Young parents in abusive relationships.
We have been working on a number of projects, across Powys and Neath Port Talbot, aimed at children in different age groups and using various methods of support. These include:
Drama workshop ‘At the Show’:
A drama resource developed in partnership with Mid Powys Youth Theatre Group which has been piloted in a number of settings. Following an excellent performance by the Class Act theatre company at Pontardawe Arts Centre, the drama is being put on dvd and, with accompanying guidance notes, is now being rolled out to Secondary schools and other settings, In Neath Port Talbot and Powys.
The drama will be performed to Assembly Members at the Senydd on 29th November 2017.
This is a partnership project with Forest School SNPT, taking small groups of children into the woods for a day a week. The programme is now being piloted with children aged between 7 and 11. The project will help these children use the natural environment to create a safe place to explore their own feelings and rebuild their confidence and self-esteem, building up a relationship between the children and nature using a Forest School approach which applies a holistic approach to learning and develops emotional intelligence.
Male support programme:
This programme, which aims to support male victims of domestic abuse, has been developed and piloted with a number of male victims. It is aimed at young men, aged 16 to 25, who have been victims of domestic abuse, and offers one to one or group support over 10 weeks. The programme is now being rolled out across Wales.
YFC Thinking on your feet awareness raising sessions:
This programme is being delivered across Powys. Over 24 sessions have been run to date, with over 250 young people taking part. There is ongoing interest for future sessions across Powys. The sessions help young people to be more aware of what makes a healthy relationship and how to spot the signs of a potential abusive relationship.
This one to one programme for secondary school children was developed with the help and support of Ysgol Hendrefelin in Neath Port Talbot. It offers a range of activities for children who have experienced domestic abuse and also have additional learning needs. The programme is now being rolled out across Wales.
Babies and toddlers support programme:
This innovative, one to one programme, to help parents understand and counter the impact on their baby or toddler of having lived with domestic abuse, has been piloted in partnership with a number of agencies, including Action for Children and Flying Start. It is now being rolled out across Wales.
Professionals’ training course – Understanding the effects of domestic abuse on children and young people:
This free one day training course is available to anyone working with children or young people who may have been affected by domestic abuse. You don’t need to know anything about domestic abuse to attend and bespoke courses can be arranged where an organisation would like a group of staff trained together. All we need is a venue. So far over 250 professionals have received the training.
Brave Carers Programme:
This one to one programme has been developed in partnership with Neath Port Talbot Looked After Children Team and a foster care family. It provides support for foster carers to help them learn how to support any foster children who come to them after experiencing domestic abuse. Training is now being provided to foster carers across Neath Port Talbot.
Young People’s Voices:
The participation project aims to help children and young people talk about their experiences of support services for children affected by domestic abuse, and then support them to convey this message to policy makers and senior civil servants. It 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.
Hillside Secure Children’s 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 with children and young people that have been exposed to domestic abuse.