Side by Side
Side by Side (developed from the Grow Together course) is a group programme for non-abusive parents and their children who have experienced domestic abuse. The course is ten weeks long and involves weekly sessions of two hours during which parents and children participate in a mixture of separate and joint activities.
The course aims to increase understanding of the impact of domestic abuse and of healthy relationships, enhance coping and resilience, and improve the parent-child relationship (in part through effective communication). The course is centred on learning through a mixture of creative activities, play and discussion. It can be adapted for special circumstances e.g. child to parent abuse and older children, and on request adaptation to include other family members such as grandparents.
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