Under 5s Pilot Programme
Bounce Back for Kids is launching a new pilot programme for children under 5 years old and their parents who have been affected by or witnessed domestic abuse.
The Under 5s programme consists of a 12 week course for parents and children. Each session will begin separately for children and parents, then they will meet together for combined activities and a shared snack.
The aim of the children's course is to raise children’s self-esteem and give them an opportunity to explore and express their feelings through fun, child-focussed activities and child-directed play, in a safe therapeutic way, promoting resilience and emotional well-being.
The parents' course will run simultaneously with the children’s course and will focus on empowering parents, validating their parental role in a non-judgemental environment and enabling them to see domestic abuse through the eyes of a child.
The combined activities at the end of each session aim to provide a space where parents and children can build on their relationship and have fun.
The children’s group and combined group work will be delivered by an experienced play therapist with early years experience. The parent’s group will be delivered by an experienced domestic abuse facilitator.
To find out more or request a leaflet, please email email@example.com or call 0300 456 4800
Dates and times:
Introductory session for parents: Wednesday 25th March, 10am-11:30am
12-week course: Every Wednesday from 10am-12pm between 22nd April and 15th July (excluding 27th May for half term)
Currently accepting referrals
The Bounce Back for Kids Under 5’s programme is a closed group, and participation is by referral only (we do accept self-referrals).
If you have or work with young children who might benefit from taking part in this course, please call us on 0300 456 4800 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make a referral before the end of February.
Criteria for making a referral:
- The child has witnessed or been affected by domestic abuse and is experiencing or has been displaying any kind of emotional or behavioural difficulties, internally or externally
- The child is aged under 5
- The child would like to attend; attending the BB4K program is always the child's choice
- The parent/carer is willing to support the child throughout the BB4K Under 5’s programme
- The perpetrator must have left the family home and be out of the relationship