who is cedar for?
Your local Cedar project runs groups for children and young people to help them recover from their experiences of domestic abuse. Groups are also run for mothers to support mutual recovery following experiences of domestic abuse.
- a child or young person is between the ages of 4 and 16 years
- a family are currently living safely away from the abuse
- a child or young person has a memory of their mother’s abuse and can communicate it in some way
It is important to highlight that attending that the Cedar group work programme is voluntary. If a child, young person or their mother is not ready for Cedar at the time of referral. However, it may be that they would benefit from getting in touch with the service to work with a coordinator and jointly assess when they may be ready for Cedar group.
Many of the children referred to Cedar may be feeling lonely, angry, scared, sad, frightened, worried or upset as a result of their experiences; however, while the child or young person is not obviously showing signs of difficulty or distress, he/she may greatly benefit from attending the Cedar group work programme.
Cedar is about working in partnership with children and their mothers to assess how their needs can best be met and to build on existing strengths and coping strategies.
It is normally beneficial to have a discussion with a Cedar Coordinator at your local Cedar project at an early stage, as this is an opportunity to discuss any question you may have about referring. Importantly it also allows an opportunity to signpost to other services should Cedar not be appropriate at this time.
You can read more about what happens after that initial phone call.