Support for children in refuge
Moving away from your family and friends can be a difficult time for children and young people, even when they may also feel relieved to be safe. When you arrive in refuge, you will be offered support for your child and a chance to meet with a children’s’ support worker, to talk about how you feel your child can best be supported.
The children’s workers are employed by the CHILDREN1st charity and work closely with the Borders Woman’s Aid’s team to ensure that you and your child(ren) get the help you need. Time with a children’s’ worker can give your child a chance to talk about some of the things that they may remember about family life, to share any worries they may have and also to help them understand about being in refuge and what may happen next for them. These are just some of the things that children tell us can be helpful to talk about. Support will always be offered on your terms and taken at your pace. Time with a children support worker will always aim to be fun, playful and to give your child a chance to do things such as paint, make things, play games, bake, play outside.
Support is also offered to children and young people who have moved on from refuge, helping you and them to settle into their new house and area. As well as being based at the refuge, the children’s’ workers can be contacted directly at the CHILDREN1st office, telephone 01750 22892.
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