Parenting Support

Parenting can be one of the most challenging and rewarding roles in life.  When domestic abuse is added to the equation, it can seem even harder as this is impacting on your children as well. 

“I’ve found that children pick up on things more than you assume.”   Parent

Asking for help is a strength, there are a lot of methods that can assist in easing the pressure.  Our Children & Young People's Support Workers can work with you to offer practical parenting support and advice during your stay in refuge accommodation.

Understanding how the domestic abuse has affected your child is key to helping them overcome what they have experienced.


There are other sources of support and advice, particularly if you aren't living in one of our refuges.  Below is a list of the courses that can be offered and links that can offer support.

Conflict/Abuse Resolutions Explored (CARE) - for parents/carers that have experienced domestic abuse (DA); covering what DA is, warning signs, safety planning, the impact of DA on children, understanding children’s emotional needs and how to support and protect them.

Extra Support for Families – Organisation that assist in various ways and has several courses running at various times of the year, covering a multitude of subjects.

The Ministry of Parenting – Offers advice and parenting courses with the aim to learn from each other, provide tools and advice for change.

Online Safety

https://www.britishcouncil.org/voices-magazine/how-help-teenagers-stay-safe-online

Age specific advice

https://www.internetmatters.org/

Special times of year

At Next Chapter we know it is vital for a child’s emotional well being to be able to celebrate the world events they usually would in the home environment.  Each child is given a Children’s Support worker who will make sure all cultures, religions and ethnicities are given support to access local groups and celebrate special times of year.  Within Refuge we ensure our families are able to celebrate all festivals and also encourage children within our Pre-school to take part in activities and discussions around different world festivals.  Some of these include; Chinese New Year, Christmas, Ramadan, Diwali, Easter and many others.

We also run holiday programmes throughout the year which allows our clients and their children the opportunity for new and exciting experiences to share in the school holidays.  Examples of this can be seen in the holiday program timetable

Healthy Relationships

We are strong believers in preventing Domestic Abuse from happening in the first place.  Part of our work is to promote what makes a ‘Healthy Relationship’ and to make sure you know the warning signs of an unhealthy one.   The links below might be helpful for you to share to help explain about healthy relationships







Parents Resources

 

How can I support my child while out of school?

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize

 

 

How can I support my child’s early learning and development?

https://www.tlc-essex.info/

 

 

How can I find a new school place for my child?

https://www.essex.gov.uk/Education-Schools/Schools/Pages/Default.aspx

 

 

Where can I find out about Early Years Education funding?

http://dnn.essex.gov.uk/Portals/49/Documents/FUNDING/FEEE34/FEEE%20GUIDE%20FOR%20PARENTS.pdf

 

 

Where can I find information about child and family services?

http://essexfamilywellbeing.co.uk/

 

 

Where can I find additional parenting advice and support ?

https://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/

 

 

Where can I access a parenting group ?

https://www.extrasupportforfamilies.co.uk/

http://www.theministryofparenting.com/parents/

 

 

My child (0-25) has additional needs. Where can I access advice, support and information?

http://www.essexlocaloffer.org.uk/what-essex-local-offer/

https://www.snapcharity.org/

http://www.familiesinfocusessex.org.uk/

 

 

 

Where can I find out more about the effects of domestic abuse on children and young people?

http://thehideout.org.uk/young-people/adults-young-people-and-domestic-abuse/

 

 

Where can I find support with my child’s emotional well being ?

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-helpline/

 

 

Where can I find information about keeping my child safe ?

http://www.escb.co.uk/parentcarer/

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/

 

 

 

What are Children’s Rights?

 

https://www.unicef.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/UNCRC_summary-1.pdf

 

 

Where can I access services for my child?

https://www.barnardos.org.uk/what_we_do/our_work/service-search.htm