I had a meeting today with residential staff who feel they have younger children that would greatly benefit from Cedar as they have histories of domestic abuse. However, in many cases there is no contact whatsoever with their mother: due to bereavement, prison etc. I wondered whether Cedar had the potential to work with these children, with carers being given the information about sessions in advance that mothers would usually receive? Some materials would have to be adapted of course however the residential staff have said they would be able to help with this. Do any other projects have experience of similar? As Cedar has such a focus on building the relationship between mother and child, I’m not sure whether it would be the appropriate intervention although the issues identified by residential staff are very similar to those addressed by the project: breaking the silence, dealing with anger, understanding abuse etc.
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