The Children’s IDVA service offers specialised emotional and practical support to children and young people affected by domestic abuse. This can be through witnessing domestic abuse within the family or direct experience (young people in their own relationships).

Established in 2009, The DEN team have been delivering high quality tailored support to hundreds of children and young people in the Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre areas.

We have a team of highly trained and qualified staff to be able to achieve this standard of support.

At The DEN we believe that all children and young people should be given the best opportunity to thrive in life, regardless of their experiences. 

Who can use the service?
Any child or young person living in the Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre area who is:
• currently living in a home with domestic abuse.
• having contact with the abusive parent/perpetrator of abuse.
• experiencing abuse within their own intimate relationship.
• currently on a child protection/child in need plan due to exposure of domestic abuse.
• part of a family which has been referred to MARAC (Fylde & Wyre District only).

Things we can do to support you

1:1 Support

This time gives children and young people a chance to talk about their experiences in a safe environment. All resources used are fun and age appropriate, to meet each person’s individual needs.

Group Sessions

Group sessions are run in both primary and high school settings. These group sessions give everyone a chance to share their own experiences in a safe environment and offers peer support.

Primary School Support

We offer one to one sessions to primary school aged children and cover topics including; safety planning, support networks, feelings and emotions, healthy/unhealthy relationships, anger and resilience.

High School Support

We offer one to one sessions in high schools which cover topics including: safety planning, support networks, feelings and emotions, healthy/unhealthy relationships, anger and resilience.

Positive Activities

We offer a range of positive activities during the school holidays. These sessions focus on children and young people coming together to build resilience, share their experiences, and most of all have FUN!

Peer Support Sessions

Meet other children and young people who have had similar experiences, gain support from each other and reduce feelings of isolation and build resilience.

How to refer to us

If you require any more information on our support, or would like to discuss a referral, please do not hesitate to contact one of The DEN team on:

For professionals: contact us on 0300 32 32 100 (option 3) or e-mail to request a referral form.
For young people: Please speak to a member of school staff about our service.

This project is funded by:

Quotes from Children & Young People who have accessed the service

Girl aged 11 Years

“It was fun and helped me be resilient”

Girl aged 11 Years

“It was always helpful, and cheered me up, thank you”

Girl aged 8 Years

“Dear The DEN, you are amazing, kind and helpful”

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