the unique way cedar groups work
Group work is a powerful way to raise understanding about the impact of domestic abuse on children and young people. This way of working can be less directly confrontational and stigmatising and gives children and young people an opportunity to be both respected and responsible. Being in a group and focussing on these issues with peers can be powerful and empowering.
What we know from evaluating the project over a 3 year period:
- Children and young people develop a greater understanding of domestic abuse
- They learn how to manage their emotions and actions in response to domestic abuse
- Both children and their mothers have a greater knowledge of safety planning and support
- Mothers gain a greater understanding of domestic abuse and the impact on their children
- Cedar has a powerful and positive impact on relationships between mothers and children, which is crucial for the long-term sustainability of the learning from Cedar groups
We now know that what happened was not our fault.