Children and Young People’s Service

Children and Young People’s Outreach Service:

‘‘Putting Children and Young People First’’

The team includes:

Children’s Outreach Work (CYP)

Teen Outreach Worker (TOW)

Children’s Risk Assessment Worker (CRAW)

The Children and Young People’s Team will:

  • Recognise and Identify ‘RISK’, this includes completing DASH risk assessment and referring to MARAC.
  • Assess child protection and safeguarding issues and follow up with relevant statutory bodies; including MASH, Social Care, Police, School, Health, housing etc.
  • Work in partnership with other appropriate agencies to ensure holistic support to meet the needs of our clients

Children’s Outreach Worker (CYP)

(Supported and funded by BBC Children In Need)

This role involves working on a 1:1 basis and delivering small group work with children and young people aged between 5 and 12 years who have been affected by domestic abuse.

Our Children’s Outreach Worker delivers sessions that focus on:

  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Understanding and expressing emotions
  • Safety Planning
  • Anger management
  • Coping strategies for worries
  • Understanding kind and unkind behaviours

The sessions have an artistic and creactive focus to help encourage engagement and learning. For example, activities might include:

  • Stress Ball
  • Safety Pillow Case
  • Dream Catcher
  • Worry Doll

As part of the NIDAS team I feel proud of the genuine care everyone shows in the support they give every day. We value each other’s experience and are always supportive and encouraging of one another. I feel that the work we do is meaningful, and makes an empowering difference to families’ lives

– Children’s Outreach Worker (NIDAS)

Group Programmes:

Our Children’s Outreach Worker also delivers the ‘Helping Hands’ programme to children aged 5 – 11 years old.

The Helping Hands Programme addresses challenging issues of personal space, safety planning and awareness of acceptable and unacceptable behaviours, not only in others but also in themselves.

Over six weeks the programme aims to:

  • Develop self-esteem and confidence.
  • Enable to explore and express different feelings.
  • Inform of their right to feel safe at all times.
  • Encourage to seek support when needed
  • Empower to identify own support network.
  • Explore how choice of behaviour can affect the feelings of others.
  • Identify healthy ways to manage conflict.

Through learning to:

  • Understand that feelings are okay.
  • Express strong feelings without violence.
  • Practice non-violent problem-solving skills.

Teen Outreach Worker (TOW)

This role involves working on a 1:1 basis and delivering small group work with children and young people aged between 13 and 25 years who have been affected by domestic abuse. Emotional support and practical advice for teenagers, families and professionals relating to healthy intimate and family relationships.

Our Teen Outreach Worker can offer:

  • Emotional support to raise awareness of healthy relationships
  • Face to face support
  • Telephone, text and email support
  • Practical advice and advocacy
  • Drop-in sessions within schools, colleges and youth clubs
  • Free safety equipment
  • Safety planning and support
  • Information about other support organisations

** C – Card Trained**

Group Programmes:

Our Teen Outreach Worker also delivers the ‘Escape The Trap Programme’ to young people aged 11- 25 years old.

Escape The TRAP is a programme specifically designed to help young people recognise and protect themselves from teenage relationship abuse.

Over eight weeks the programme aims to address:

  • Young peoples expectations of their intimate relationships
  • The behaviours and beliefs of those who treat them badly
  • Identifying the things abusive partners may say and do to them
  • The experience of coercive control & bullying
  • The switching of tactics
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual coercion and abuse
  • How this behaviour impacts the way young people might feel about themselves
  • Feeling isolated and alone, guilty and to blame for what is happening to them
  • How to identify such behaviour early on in a new relationship

”Working for NIDAS is more than a job to me. Its about helping young people to work through their struggles to give them the best chance to have a brighter and happier future.”

– Teen Outreach Worker (NIDAS)

Children’s Risk Assessment Worker (CRAW)

Our Children’s Risk Assessment Worker completes the following:

  • Risk Assessments,
  • Referrals
  • Safeguarding
  • Safety Planning

We work closely with parent / carer / guardians (where safe to do so) in offering a service entirely centred on the child

How you can access support from us:

If you are looking for support on behalf of a young person you can contact us by calling 01623 683250 We will ask for some information about you and your situation but we will do this sensitively. If you are a professional looking for support on a case you can call us on 01623 683250  and we will be able to support you over the phone.  You can also e-mail us at reception@nidas.org.uk. If you want to make a referral we will need you to complete a referral form (we can e-mail this to you).