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Feeling Safe Group facilitator training

Dear Colleagues,

We are looking for experienced facilitators to run this therapeutic group programme for young people and female carers who have experienced domestic abuse.

Attached is a brief with more detail about the programme, and a note on what you need to be able to deliver this innovative work with children and carers.

Come along to a presentation about the programme to find out more on:

Tuesday April 21st 2 - 4pm
The Benn Hall
Newbold Road
CV21 2LN

To book your place please reply to this email or contact Dawn Herlihy 01926 743062 by 16th April

Training for the facilitators of the programme will take place on Monday 8th of June, all day and Monday 15th June am. Venue to be confirmed.

Download version of the following information and application form:

Feeling Safe Group - Briefing Sheet

The Feeling Safe Group packs are for creative group work with children and young people and their female carers who have experienced domestic abuse.

The children's pack and the women's pack are written by practitioners from NHS and Children's Services who are presently running the 13th Feeling Safe Group in Nuneaton.

The publication of the Feeling Safe Group has been sponsored by The Ragdoll Foundation and is published by Pavilion Press.

Each pack sets out the theory and practice of running such groups and offers a ten week programme of sessions for both the children and young people's group and the women's group. The pack includes all the administration, pre and post group interview formats, pro formas, handouts, attendance sheets, follow up sessions and easy to follow instructions for all the exercises used in the sessions.

Group work with children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse has been shown to be an effective use of scarce resources. Group work is powerful for children and young people and for women as it reduces the feeling of isolation often created by the perpetrator of the abuse and compounded by society in failing to recognize that abuse has occurred. This abuse, like any other abuse, can only continue to occur if secrecy is maintained.

Our experience of this group work shows that children and young people and women have been better able to 'break' the secrecy and rebuild their own confidence and self-esteem. This is a result of being supported in recognizing where the responsibility for the abuse rests: the abuse was not their fault and they are not to blame. The perpetrator of the abuse chooses to abuse and it is therefore their responsibility to choose to stop.

There is published research, statistical and anecdotal feedback from attendees of the Feeling Safe Groups. This evidences the efficacy of the programme and indicates that children and women are able to recover from the abuse they have experienced.

The future outcome for the children and young people is likely to be more positive and healthy in terms of their adult relationships and general mental health. This would suggest that the children and young people will be more likely to be 'good enough' when they become parents. It has been seen to help the present parents/carers reconnect with their own parenting skills to the benefit of their children.

Linda Paine, Kate Burns

Domestic Abuse Social Workers

Criteria for Potential Feeling Safe Group Facilitators

  • Knowledge and understanding of domestic abuse. 
    (Minimum of having completed Level 1 domestic abuse training from WSCB)

  • Knowledge and awareness of safeguarding issues and child protection procedures for Warwickshire.

  • Access to clinical and professional supervision within the role.

  • Some knowledge and understanding of group work.

  • Experience and skills in facilitating groups, and to have highly developed communication skills.

  • To be able to think therapeutically about group work.

  • To be able to meet the time commitments as outlined below to deliver the groups.

Time Commitment

Groups run for 10 weeks, for half a day a week.

Pre-group sessions, to meet each family, one hour per family. (approx 1-2 days) 

Post-group sessions to see families individually, one hour per family. To take place 4-6 weeks after group has finished. (approx 1-2 days)

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