This month we attended our first event on the summer at Sutton Road Primary's Summer Fayre! Our Children and Young Person's Worker and one of our outreach workers were busy all afternoon helping children making friendships bracelets whilst promoting our services and the support we can offer to children and young people.
NIDAS Teen Outreach Service - Journey of support
Referral for support received by Children’s Referral and Assessment Worker (CRAW)
Intake completed by CRAW – Discussing support options/ completing confidentiality agreements / discussing support needs at home and school
While waiting for 1-1 support – Regular check ins with CRAW
When the Teen Outreach Worker (TOW) has availability to start support they will make contact with parent to discuss support, explore any concerns and if there are any updates since intake
7 x 1:1 support session’s offered initially, these can be extended dependant on the YP’s needs and extent of trauma experienced. Sessions are focused on understanding DA and the cycle of abuse, understanding what a healthy relationship should look and feel like, understanding emotions and how the brain works along with exploring coping strategies, exploring support networks and safety planning
End of support – Contact with Parent/Carer to discuss what work has been covered in sessions, any concerns, and discuss any further support needed.
Professional at West Notts College – ‘'The students are enjoying your sessions. You are a very caring and lovely lady, It is nice to work alongside you. It has also helped me to increase my knowledge of the subject.’'
Live Q&A Event: NIDAS Teen Outreach Service
15/08/2022 - 19/08/2022
Teens and young adults will be able to ask anonymous questions on relationships and domestic abuse during a live question and answer session.
Spotlight: Domestic Abuse in childhood and gang involvement
The Domestic Abuse Act has now been in effect for one year. A distinctive feature of the Act was the novel recognition of children who witness, hear, or experience the effects of domestic abuse.
For NIDAS Male violence viewed through the prism of masculinity enables us to comprehend how exposure to male violence as a child can have a distinct effect on boys' conceptions of masculinity and expectations of manhood.
NIDAS also acknowledges the impact of domestic abuse on children has occurred concurrently with a broader recognition of the influence of "Adverse Childhood Experiences" (ACEs) on the life paths of young people. Experiencing trauma as a child can have long-lasting and compounding effects on a person's life.
Parent - ‘ I am thankful and feel reassured now that my son knows how to keep himself safe and what to do if the alleged perpetrator tries to make contact’
Case study: Sarah
Sarah informed me of her own intimate relationship, how her partner was treating her and the physical incidents that had taken place. With him kicking her, putting his hands around her throat and also burning her face with an incense stick. Sarah stated that he would often tell her to stop complaining whenever she tried to tell him how she felt. Sarah would blame his behaviour and him getting mad on his diagnosis of ADHD.
Sarah completed 10 face to face sessions of support focussing on:
Domestic abuse awareness
Sexual abuse and sexual harassment
Understanding feelings and emotions
Developing healthy coping strategies
Understanding power and control
Characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationship
At the end of support Sarah was really beginning to question her relationship and her partners intentions and feeling like she deserved to be treated better.
''I felt like I could talk to Kelly about anything and that she is an understanding person. Now I have a better understanding of what is ok and not ok in a relationship so don’t feel confused anymore’'
NIDAS Blog: What is Love Bombing?
This is a tactic commonly used by perpetrators of domestic abuse and is a form of emotional abuse.
Love bombing is an extremely manipulative tactic used by abusers, but it’s also very hard to detect and recognise when it’s happening.
This summer we are joining the Mansfield Summer Festival! We will be at Titchfield Park 11am - 2pm on Friday 5th August and at Carr Lane Park on Wednesday 17th August. Come down and see us! We will be making friendship bracelets and promoting our services + fundraising events!
Want to take on a challenge and support NIDAS?
If you choose, this is an opportunity for you to raise funds for NIDAS, but also expand your own mind. So you can discover just how much you are truly capable of.
Venue: Quarrydale Youth Centre. 184 Stoneyford Rd, NG17 2DT When: Thursdays 9:30am - 11:30am starting on 22nd September and will run for 10 weeks until 1st December (2 week break for half term no sessions on 20th & 27th October)
We accept referrals from agencies, as well as self-referrals. If you are professional wishing to make a referral, you will need to fill out a referral form. Completed referral forms should be sent to email@example.com.