Some good news at a time when we are becoming used to hearing of funding being cut. Congratulations are due to Learning Links, a charity based in the south east of England, who announced last week that they have secured funding from Children in Need which will enable them to continue to run their Circles of Support programme for a further two years. Circles of Support consists of Non Violent Resistance (NVR) sessions with additional parent and child relationship building activities. The target is to reach and support parents and carers of 90 children aged between 5 and 17 years.
The Business Development Manager, Clare Mussell said: “Our NVR courses have been absolutely crucial in supporting families who are living with child to parent violence. It is crucial that families get support to alleviate stress and to ensure that children achieve the best outcomes in life. The BBC Children in Need funding will enable us to deliver NVR and build bridges between parent and child and bring the family back together”.
Learning Links has offices in both Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, and details of how to contact them can be found here.
I was very excited to read about a new parent abuse support project established in Bristol in April, as I know this has been on the cards for nearly a year since Judy Nixon went to speak at a conference there and inspired practitioners to take this forward.
The 13 week programme is designed for parents with children of secondary school age, is being run by the Single Person Action Network (SPAN) with Wish for a Brighter Future, and is funded through Bristol City Council and Children in Need. Parents are offered work to enable them to stay safe and to understand the underlying reasons for their child’s behaviour. There is a recognition that parents do not necessarily want to involve the police or courts, because of the consequences for their children.
Wish has run one-to-one support for parents who are victims of violence from their children since January and has received more than 100 referrals so far, amply demonstrating the need for such a service. It is tragic to realise there are so many parents suffering abusive behaviour from their children, and without adequate support up to now.
More details and contact numbers are available here.