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Children and Young People

Children and young people experiencing domestic abuse can have their safety and well-being severely undermined as a result of living with domestic abuse. All children witnessing domestic abuse are being emotionally abused. Some children may be directly physically or sexually abuse by the perpetrator. Young people may also be experiencing or perpetrating abuse in their own relationships.

Click here if you are a child or young person worried about what’s happening at home

Click here if you are a parent concerned about a child or young person who may be experiencing domestic abuse


Our Children Matter project works to ensure the needs and experiences of children and young people impacted by domestic abuse are identified and met.

We aim to make sure that all children and young people understand domestic abuse and the help available, and that those affected by domestic abuse are identified, supported and protected, have access to high-quality specialist services in every area, and are supported to recover from the abuse to develop their full potential.

We do this by promoting education and community approaches to prevention and early intervention, challenging inequality between girls and boys, improving safety and minimising the immediate and future impact on children and young people of witnessing or experiencing violence and abuse.

Our work includes:

  • prevention work in schools and communities to minimise adverse childhood experiences
  • promoting the need for dedicated support for children and young people affected by abuse and rolling out models of good practice
  • giving children and young people a voice to make sure their experiences influence and inform legislation, policy and practice, and
  • supporting and influencing the way services and partnerships respond to children and young people affected by domestic abuse.

Children Matter and S.T.A.R Suite of Services 

We provide a range of resources, training and support for professionals working with children and young people across Wales. These services include:

  • S.T.A.R (Safety, Trust and Respect) suite of services – a suite of early intervention and prevention services and group programmes for all ages up to 25 years.
  • advice, information and guidance to enable professionals
  • training for practitioners working with children and young people

For more information please email us.

Get in touch:

If you are interested in receiving more information about what Children Matter can offer or are interested in joining our mailing list for updates about forthcoming events and resources, then please email us.

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