Referrals open for CEDAR domestic abuse support programme

Group of four young people sit beside a tutor

Published: Thursday, 19th December 2019

Referrals are currently being accepted for CEDAR, an innovative multi-agency initiative for children, young people and mothers who may be experiencing difficulties as a consequence of domestic abuse.

Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery (CEDAR) provides a therapeutic psycho-educational 12-week programme that takes place over 12 weeks with groups for children and young people (aged 5-16) and their mothers running in parallel.

These groups provide an opportunity to explore the experiences, understanding and feelings associated with domestic abuse, with an emphasis on providing fun and creative activities that keep children engaged and interacting with each other. The overall aim is to create a safe place for children and their mothers to help each other to find the best strategies to deal with their experiences and rebuild their lives. This includes helping mothers to support their children in their recovery.

Next session will start in March 2020

  • The next session is due to start in March 2020.
  • People can refer themselves directly but referrals are also received from schools, health workers, social workers or support agencies such as Children 1st or the Domestic Abuse Advocacy Support Service.

Councillor Tom Weatherston, Executive Member for Children and Families Social Work

“The impact of domestic abuse is unimaginably profound and life changing and no less so when it affects the youngest members of our community. A programme like CEDAR is a vitally important way of providing them with the support that they need to try and make sense of what has happened to them and find a way to move forward with their lives.

“Feedback received from families who have gone through the programme has been extremely positive with many reporting significant benefits from taking part and I would encourage anyone who feels they could benefit, or knows someone for whom CEDAR would be helpful, to get in touch and find out more.”

Support for anyone experiencing domestic abuse

Councillor George Turnbull, Executive Member for Community Safety

“If you are someone who is experiencing domestic abuse, or have done so in the past, please be aware that you are not alone. There are people you can talk to. The National Domestic Helpline: 0800 027 1234 is available 24-hours a day, while the Council’s website has a great deal of information that can hlep. In an emergency you shouldn’t hesitate to call 999. If you reach out, you can be sure there will be someone there to listen with the advice, information and help you need.”

More information

  • For more information and to get a copy of the CEDAR referral form and guidance notes, contact the CEDAR Co-ordinator on 01835 824000 Ext. 5494.
  • CEDAR is a group work model inspired by, and adapted from, an innovative Canadian model for children who have experienced domestic abuse. The model is based on core principles that recognise that domestic abuse is damaging to children as well as to the mother/child relationship, and on the belief that mothers are best placed to support their children in their recovery. More information is available at from the CEDAR website