The effectiveness of the Children and Young People Recovery Toolkit Programme

Capturing the impact of any course or programme can at times be difficult. Recent work completed by Children and Young People along with feedback from their parent’s from a programme recently delivered demonstrates just how positive the Recovery Toolkit Programme can be for children and young people and their families following Domestic Abuse.

Parent’s Feedback

CYP Feedback

“The difference in him has been amazing. He doesn’t get as angry or upset as easily, and he’s started talking to me about things”.

“Can honestly say this course has made such a massive difference. I used to worry so much about her, but she’s like a totally different child now”.

“I don’t know what to say, more people need to know about this programme. It’s life changing”.

“I’ve got my little boy back”.

On the Children and Young People Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit programme, the participants provide drawings of ‘who they are’ and ‘how they are feeling’ at the start and the end of the programme.

Below are some examples of the positive outcomes following completion of the 8 week programme.

Drawings

Jack, age 9

Jack drew himself as a Venus fly trap in his first drawing because ‘he was nice to look at, but get too close and he would snap’. Jack drew his brother on top of the Venus fly trap and explained that the spikes protected his brother and kept the house safe from bad things.

In his second drawing, Jack explained that he is now enjoying school, and feels much happier in himself. He drew all his thoughts around him, as he said they’re never going to go away, he just keeps them in the background where they’re not bothering him.

Chloe, age 10

Chloe started the programme very quiet and withdrawn. Chloe states that she keeps a diary, and writes down all her thoughts and feelings, as ‘she doesn’t feel that anyone listens to her’. 

Chloe left the programme as child who was remembered for her laughter. Chloe made new friends on the programme, and said she had finally stopped writing in her diary, and started talking to her new friends and family members about how she felt.

Outcome measures

Children and Young people are also asked to complete the Rosenburg’s Self esteem Scale and Goodman’s Strengths and Difficulties questionnaire at the beginning and end of the programme. The information below shows how attendees of the CYP Recovery Toolkit increased in their self esteem and reduced their SDQ scores.

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