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Children and Young People Services (CYPS)

We are a growing team of therapeutic play specialists. We offer a range of services to Children and Young People (CYP) from 0-18 years to enable and support their recovery from domestic abuse and violence. We know that the impact of domestic abuse and violence in their homes can leave a lasting effect on a child’s mental, physical, and future health*. The CYP must receive the same level of support as the adult survivor has. This will help them understand healthy relationships, build self-awareness and confidence, and have the skills to regulate their emotions.

We do this by offering: 

1 – 1 Therapeutic Intervention’s

Therapeutic interventions help children understand muddled feelings and upsetting events that they haven’t had the chance to process properly. Rather than having to explain what is troubling them, as adult therapy usually expects, young children use play to communicate at their own level and at their own pace, without feeling questioned or threatened. Young people will have the chance to safely explore their thoughts and emotions through creative arts and pressure-free conversations.

The 5–18-year-olds will work with a specialised Therapeutic Intervention Worker (TIW) for 8 sessions. These are usually done at the school or a local sure start centre, between the hours on 9-4, Monday to Fridays. Excluding bank holidays.

Group work

We offer a range of specialist group sessions. These are age specific and range from family courses, Early Years groups for parent and child, Helping Hands, Recovery Toolkit and more. Sessions take place after school or during school holidays, online or face to face. More details can be found by contacting CYPS (See email below).

Referrals

We accept referrals directly from families or from professionals working with the family. If you are a professional referring a child, please ensure you have obtained the parent’s consent. To be referred to our service, children and young people must live in Manchester and must have been impacted by domestic abuse.

To make a referral send enquiries to: referrals@manchesterwomensaid.org

Please be aware that we do operate a waiting list but will be in touch.


 

“It’s helpful having someone to turn to, someone who

understands, someone who listens. You have a really high impact on people’s lives.”

Parent quote 22/06/21


 

Only @ Refuge the CYPS offers:

Heuristic play 

Heuristic play is exploring a range of objects in different ways and moving around with them in a safe environment. The parent and Therapeutic Play Worker will be present, but the child will be given the freedom to explore these shapes, material, smells, and touch. This is offered to 0–5-year-old children and Parent.       

1-1    Therapeutic Play Sessions
Therapeutic Play helps children understand muddled feelings and upsetting events that they haven’t had the chance to sort out properly. Rather than having to explain what is troubling them, as adult therapy usually expects, children use play to communicate at their own level and at their own pace, without feeling questioned or threatened. 
Therapeutic Play Sessions are delivered at 8 sessions with children 5 years old and up. This is done without the parent present.

Open Play Sessions 
All children @Refuge, from age 5, is invited to the open play session. It is a chance to socialise with other children at the refuge. We recognise that in some cases there may be a delay in the children starting nursery or school. The open play sessions are a great way to play freely and with other children. Parents will not be expected to stay during the open play sessions. Open play sessions are created to meet the needs of the children at the refuge and are subject to change.

AND THERE IS MORE @Refuge:
We have outings, activities indoor and out. We have access to online training, linked with MWA, for parents and children, plus more.
 

😊We look forward to welcoming you to the CYPS 😊

 

*Haas, S. C., & Ray, D. C. (2020). Child-centred play therapy with children affected by adverse childhood experiences: A single-case design. International Journal of Play Therapy, 29(4), 223–236. https://doi.org/10.1037/pla0000135

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